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P.G. County resolution at heart of Johnson indictment
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“We are not Developer A or B. We have been learning about this as it has been reported in the media, just like the general public,” Mr. Moore said. “The indictment clearly states Developer A and B are a commercial and residential developer based in the county, which we are not a commercial developer and not based in the county.”
• The redevelopment of single-family homes in the Sugar Hill subdivision of Upper Marlboro was granted $1.7 million in Council Resolution 16.
The project was handled by a nonprofit group called Roots of Mankind. The Post last year profiled the development deal, saying the nonprofit acquired the houses after partnering in the venture with the property’s owner, Dr. Mirza H.A. Baig, a Laurel physician and longtime business partner of Jack Johnson’s who was also a significant donor to the former county executive’s political campaigns.
The newspaper said Dr. Baig’s company, Amina Limited Partnership, acquired the county-owned land under a no-bid contract in 2005 and was collecting housing assistance payments from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development until the contract was suspended in 2008, when the federal agency cited the company for “failure to maintain the project in a decent, safe and sanitary condition.”
It also said Dr. Baig and his family contributed $11,800 to Mr. Johnson’s campaigns between 2000 and 2005.
Dr. Baig’s company had attempted to sell the property. The county brokered the partnership with Roots of Mankind, in which The Post reported that Dr. Baig was slated to receive $1.2 million.
A phone message left for Roots of Mankind was not returned. A woman who answered the phone at a listed number for Amina said Dr. Baig was not available and hung up.
• The acquisition and rehabilitation of Parkview at Laurel, a 153-unit affordable rental housing complex for the elderly, was granted $800,000 in Council Resolution 16.
Shelter Development was the listed developer on the project. The contact listing was the Shelter Group, a Baltimore-based real estate company. Jeffrey Hettleman, a principal partner and executive vice president of the Shelter Group and Shelter Development, said his company had not been contacted by authorities in connection with the investigation.
“We are not involved in any way,” he said.
• The redevelopment of the three-story Singer Building in Mount Rainier for affordable housing units and street-front commercial units was granted $1.3 million in Council Resolution 16.
The project was handled by the nonprofit housing developer Housing Initiative Partnership Inc. Mosi Harrington, the executive director of the group, did not return a phone message seeking comment.
• The development of the 72 rental housing units for low-income and very low-income people on a vacant site of Livingston Road in Oxon Hill was granted $1.9 million in Council Resolution 16.
That project also was handled by the nonprofit Housing Initiative Partnership Inc.
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