Md. Public Works Board To Consider New Health Lab

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved bonds needed to build a new $184 million public health laboratory in Baltimore.

The board, which consists of Gov. Martin O’Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, voted 2-0 to approve the lease. Kopp was not present.

Although Franchot voted for the lease, he said he was uncomfortable that the financing will put the state very close to
reaching its debt limit.

The five-story building in Baltimore will be 234,000 square feet. It will replace an aging lab currently in Baltimore. It will
provide public health protection by tracking diseases, toxic food and water contamination, as well as environmental hazards in water, soil and air.

It’s expected to be completed in 2014.

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

  • Madman

    More debt coming for the state. Tax and spend. I don’t care what the project is it should be postponed until the economy gets better.

  • Leroy

    Is this part of OBAMACARE? The state must spend over $400 million to implement Obamacare. These people do not care about the average working person they are more concerned with those that don’t work.

  • Steven Cville

    Why not build it in The County where where its not in the Ghetto (Baltimore) And do we really need it because somebody has to pay for it.
    Tax and spend O’malley and a Fee is not a tax if he does it!

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