Baltimore County appeals board halts Lake Roland project over ‘severely overburdened’ sewer line

Baltimore County officials have stopped a proposal to transform a tiny Falls Road shopping strip near Lake Roland Park into a cluster of apartments, restaurants and offices because the sewer system is inadequate. The Baltimore County Board of Appeals recently upheld a judge’s rejection of a plan created by the Bluestem development team, which includes Baltimore-based Vanguard Retail Property Development. Neighbors have spent years voicing concerns about the project’s impact to an area already dealing with traffic and sewer problems, as well as on the park. The decision comes amid the county’s federal obligation to complete more than $800 million in sewer improvements. (Balt. Sun)

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Ravens' success on the field is a win for M&T Bank "

M&T Bank is embracing purple — not green — as the Baltimore Ravens begin what local football fans hope will the beginning of a long playoff run ending with a Super Bowl win. The bank's local headquarters at One Light is one of many building across the straight painting Baltimore purple ahead of the Ravens' showdown on Saturday night with the Tennessee Titans. Anticipation is high with the Ravens coming in as the top-seeded team in the AFC and on a 12-game winning streak. Second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson is the presumptive NFL Most Valuable Player after a record-breaking season and for the first time ever the Ravens have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Board of Public Works approves refinancing for Union Collective

Union Collective will refinance its debt in an effort to keep rent attractive for tenants. Maryland Board of Public Works members on Wednesday approved a $3 million loan to the makerspace, which opened in 2018 inside a former Sears Roebuck warehouse in Medfield, near Hampden. The money will come from Neighborhood Business Works, a state program established to support small businesses in designated revitalization areas. (Balt Bus Journal)

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New restaurant opens in old Annapolis Seafood market in Severna Park

There's a new restaurant where the Severna Park outpost of the Annapolis Seafood market used to be. You can still buy crabs, shrimp and fish at 552-L Ritchie Highway — but now they arrive on a plate rather than raw or in a carry-out bag. Sullivan's Cove, an eatery serving seafood, steak, salads and other American classics, opened last weekend in the seafood market's old home. The space has been transformed into a 150-seat dining room featuring reclaimed and repurposed materials. (Balt Bus Journal)

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This Bethesda ed-tech startup wants to teach more doctors. A fresh $3.7M will help.

Mary Ellen Beliveau’s newborn daughter had congenital heart disease. Before getting the right diagnosis, she underwent unnecessary interventions that complicated the condition. She’s now a healthy adult. But the experience made it clear that “the right tools aren’t here to help physicians practice at the top of their license,” Beliveau said. (Wash Journal)

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TEDCO taps retired National Guard major general as interim CEO

Linda L. Singh, who was the first woman and first African American to lead Maryland’s National Guard, has been named interim CEO of Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO). Singh, who retired from a post as adjutant general in the Maryland Military Department in July, will be filling the top seat at the state-backed funding organization, which has been without a top executive since July 31. (Wash Journal)

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The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show has run out of room in Baltimore, but it's not going anywhere

Vanessa Finney has a waitlist of about 120 companies that want to exhibit at the annual Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show in Baltimore, but the event's executive vice president simply doesn't have enough room in the convention center to fit them all. The show, which is in town from Jan. 8-10, fills all of the 300,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space at the center it has called home for the past 40 years of its 50-year history. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Gaithersburg company lands $10.2M DOD contract for war on superbugs

The federal government has tapped a local company to help defend against superbugs. Gaithersburg’s Adaptive Phage Therapeutics Inc. has earned a $10.2 million contract with the Department of Defense to help advance PhageBank, APT's collection of viruses that target specific pathogens and kill drug-resistant bacteria. The ultimate goal is to make its therapy for drug-resistant infections available to the U.S. military and the public, APT said Wednesday. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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