The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has sided with Johns Hopkins University in relation to a legal battle over real estate. In 1989, Johns Hopkins purchased Belward Farm, a 108-acre farm valued at $54 million, for $5 million. The balance of the value was considered a charitable donation. A relative of the woman who sold the farm is arguing that the university has violated one of the purchase agreements.
Based on the statement from the relative's suit, the woman who donated the land expected that it would be used for a low-density academic campus. The suit was filed in Nov. 2011, and the relative has stated that Johns Hopkins's intent to build a 4.7 million-square-foot science city does not line up with his aunt's intentions that the school develop a 1.4 million square-foot complex. However, the court upheld the lower court's 2012 ruling in favor of Johns Hopkins.