Konterra Partners Split, Smoking Banned Unless Buzzed (Demo)

The Gould family and its real estate company, Gould Property Co., WAS  partnered with Forest City Washington, the local arm of Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises to develop Konterra, the 2,200 acre mixed use development along Interstate 95 in Laurel.  Now, it seems, Gould Property Co. is going to make a go of it on their own. 
The Washington Post reports, “The partners, however, have parted ways.  Deborah Ratner Salzberg, president of Forest City Washington, disclosed in an interview last week that the two companies were now operating on a “on a nonexclusive basis.” Ratner Salzberg referred further questions about the partnership’s dissolution to the Gould Co.  Kingdon Gould III, of Gould Property, said Konterra was proceeding. “We want to begin building organically into the town center, and we are beginning to do that with some housing and associated retail,” he said.  Gould also said there were no sour feelings about the break-up.  “We have nothing but good things to say about the folks at Forest City,” he said.
KonterraThe Goulds could select another development partner to help complete the project, but the end of the Gould-Forest City partnership comes after the two companies put years of work into planning the project and building support with elected officials.
I really hope this project goes forward.  Yeesh. 
Maryland’s Senate has approved a ban on smoking in cars with children inside ages 8 and under.  This same measure passed last year but didn’t make it in the House.  Meanwhile, the Maryland Senate has decriminalized small amounts of Marijuana.  From the Baltimore Sun, “A bill that would make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense passed the Maryland Senate Tuesday on a 30-16 vote. The measure now goes to the House. The legislation, crafted to avoid handing out jail terms for possession of small amounts of marijuana, would remove any criminal component to the prohibition of marijuana possession when a person is caught with 10 grams or less — about one-third of an ounce. The maximum fine would be a $100 fine. The current maximum is a 90-day jail term. “It is a tremendous waste of resources,” said Sen. Robert A. Zirkin, the bill’s sponsor. Zirkin, a Baltimore County Democrat, said Maryland prosecutors don’t want to put people arrested for small amounts of marijuana through the criminal justice system.”

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