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City Board of Estimates approves $1.5 million loan for building new apartments

Posted at 7:18 PM, Apr 17, 2019

BALTIMORE, Md. — The fallout of the Healthy Holly book controversy has the Baltimore City Board of Estimates asking more questions before signing off on requests to spend the city's money.

READ MORE: See all of WMAR-2 News’ coverage of the “Healthy Holly” controversy.

On Wednesday morning, the board approved a $1.5 million loan to help kickoff the first phase of building new apartments on the former site of Somerset Homes. Perkins Homes families will get first pick on 50 apartments. But, as the selection of a General Contractor will be handled by the Baltimore City Housing Authority.

Ex Officio Mayor Jack Young asked if there was any influence from an elected leader in which the contractors were picked.

"Was there any influence from any elected leaders in who you picked, because this is the first time I’m meeting you," said Young.

"There was no influence, there was no discussion with any elected leaders, this was done amongst the development team, our architect, our construction manager, the development team was all involved in the vetting process," said Sarah Constant, Managing Director at Mission First.

More than 100 homes will be built as a part of the development located at the 1234 McElderry Street.