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Casino Contract Awarded Without Public Bidding Process

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Baltimore's development agency is acknowledging it awarded a contract for the site of a proposed casino without a public bidding process.

Instead of advertising the work, the Baltimore Development Corporation approached a handful of companies to provide prices for knocking down the Maryland Chemical Building. The demolition will help pave the way for a proposed $212 million casino near M&T Bank Stadium.

A development corporation executive says the agency knew which companies would apply for the contract and got estimates from three or four of them. Baltimore City's Comptroller criticized the award, saying the best way to seek work is through public bidding.

Stephanie Kaye reports...

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