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Rawlings-Blake Tours City’s ‘Superblock’ Area

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is urging preservationists to quickly approve plans to redevelop Baltimore’s so-called superblock.

Rawlings-Blake on Monday toured the area on the city’s west side with several ministers and a team of developers. Two city panels are scheduled to meet this week to decide whether the $150 million Lexington Square project can move forward.

The ministers are part of an organization called Community Churches for Community Development and tell the Baltimore Sun that they support the project because it will create more jobs.

Developers have said about 600 construction workers and 750 full-time workers will be employed because of the project.

Some preservationists say they are concerned that developers won’t keep promises to preserve certain facades.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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