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Lt. Governor Rutherford Announces Plan to Transfer State Center Property to Baltimore City

Progress Continues In Effort to Move State Agencies Downtown to Help Revitalize Central Business District

ANNAPOLIS, MD—At a meeting of the Board of Public Works today, Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford announced that the State of Maryland plans to transfer the State Center complex to Baltimore City for future redevelopment.

The lieutenant governor made the announcement as the Board approved a proposal for a new leased headquarters for the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation (SDAT) in Baltimore’s Central Business District. This is the latest step in fulfilling the governor’s plan—announced in April of 2021—to move 3,300 state employees from 12 different agencies to downtown Baltimore. During that legislative session, the governor worked with legislative leaders to commit $50 million in a supplemental budget to support the effort.

“It is our intention, once all state agencies have vacated State Center, to turn the property over to the City of Baltimore, so its citizens and elected representatives can determine the best use of the site,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “Surplusing the State Center campus to Baltimore City will create more opportunities for the residents of Baltimore.”

The lieutenant governor briefed Mayor Brandon Scott on the announcement yesterday.

After taking office, Governor Hogan aggressively pushed to move forward with the long-delayed redevelopment of State Center. The former developers, who were selected by the previous administration and delivered no measurable work product, attempted to force the state to pay more than $100 million in a series of lawsuits after their leases were invalidated by a unanimous bipartisan vote of the Board of Public Works.

Despite this ongoing litigation, in June 2018, Governor Hogan directed DGS to issue an Expression of Interest (EOI) to survey the market and confirm interest from the development community. In November 2019, the governor announced that the state was moving forward with a Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Proposal (RFP). The information received during that process will be provided to Baltimore City.

Today’s announcement follows a recent ruling in the Circuit Court of Baltimore City affirming that BPW was within its rights to terminate and rescind the previous leases. The Court found that the leases were not enforceable against the state.

State Center continues to be the site of a COVID test and treat program.

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