Phillips Wharf receives $90,000 heritage grant

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center recently was awarded a $90,000 matching grant by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, one of four local projects approved for funding in the “Stories of the Chesapeake” Heritage Area. The grant money will go toward the redevelopment of the Harrison Oyster Company property, in order to preserve its traditional use as a seafood processing and marketing operation, and a part of an environmental education center devoted to conservation landscaping, science-based aquaculture training, and fostering a better understanding of life in the Bay. (Star Dem.)

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Developer impact fees get scrutiny

The Charles County commissioners signed off Tuesday on most of the requests made last month during an annual public hearing on local legislative proposals, but asked for additional clarity on enabling legislation that would allow the county to impose impact fees on new development. Planning Director Stephen Ball proposed including such a bill as part of the county’s legislative package ahead of the 2014 General Assembly session. (Md. Ind. News)

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Sale of former Bussard Center building approved

A judge approved the sale of the former Jeanne Bussard Center building Tuesday, paving the way for renewed services for the disabled and generating money that could be used to pay some of the millions of dollars in claims filed against the defunct nonprofit. The Arc of Frederick County bought the building and began serving many of the center's former clients after its abrupt closure in July 2012. (News-Post)

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Maryland asks for expert advice on fixing problems under new hospital payment system

Maryland health leaders are looking for expert advice to troubleshoot problems that could arise under its new hospital payment system. The state’s Health Services Cost Review Commission is seeking professional white papers from industry experts on topics such as how to reduce volume at hospitals, how to measure quality of care and how to define hospitals’ patient boundaries. The commission sets hospital rates and is leading the state’s effort to fine tune polices and programs that will be used in the state’s new system for paying hospitals. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Port of Baltimore ready against threat of cyber attack, officials say

Cyber attacks hit the Port of Antwerp in Belgium and the Carmel Tunnels in Israel in the past two months. The attacks have raised the question about whether U.S. ports are vulnerable to such an attack. The ports beefed up security against terrorism after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. But cyber security surrounding the ports hasn’t been widely discussed. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Downtown Bethesda plan gets a 'tuneup' with the help of locals

What they love about downtown Bethesda: the Circulator, local businesses and the Capital Crescent Trail. What they don’t love: lack of diversity, not enough green spaces and expensive parking. About 100 people met and spoke their minds about downtown Bethesda at a meeting organized by the Montgomery County Planning Department on Monday at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. (Gazette)

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Montgomery council passes Glenmont plan that emphasizes walkable development

Officials are hopeful that a plan passed by the County Council will help revitalize the Glenmont area into a community where residents and shoppers can walk to public areas and take advantage of nearby mass transit. The council approved the Glenmont Sector Plan on Tuesday, which addresses an roughly 700-acre area based around the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Randolph Road. (Gazette)

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Nov. 5 // Metro Seeks Developers For Five Sites In Maryland And D.C.

Developers have been calling the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to inquire about the transit agency’s properties — many of them surface parking lots in developing neighborhoods — and the agency has responded. In an effort to take advantage of some of the boom in development near public transit, Metro launched a search Monday for companies interested in building on properties the transit agency owns at five of its stations: Brookland, Navy Yard, Fort Totten, Grosvenor-Strathmore and Morgan Boulevard. (Wash. Post)

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