HCPI Bullet Points from the November 9, 2015 Steering Committee Meeting (covering September 2015 through October 2015)
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From the November 9, 2015 Meeting
September 2015  through October 2015)
FIVE TIMES A YEAR, the Central Baltimore Partnership (CBP) makes a progress report to its steering committee. This report is composed of more than 200 bullet points. The HCPI Bullet Points newsletter highlights 7 of them. One for each of the 7 goals CBP has established to further the Homewood Community Partners Initiative (HCPI) agenda, the organization’s official playbook.
Delegation from Annapolis visits CBP for "BRNI" tour. Through this initiative, CBP has secured millions of dollars in funding for the renaissance of Central Baltimore. See Goal 7
Goal 1: Improve the quality of life and perception of Central Baltimore by addressing safety, sanitation, appearance, code enforcement, traffic calming, pedestrian lighting, and transportation.

Charm City Circulator extended to Charles Village

On October 5, the northern end of the Purple Line of the Charm City Circulator was extended from Penn Station to Charles Village, an event celebrated by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in a ceremony the following day. The line’s free buses – that run on a north/south route, up and down Charles and St. Paul Street – now transport riders from near the Baltimore Museum of Art on 33rd Street all the way to Federal Hill. This first Charm City Circulator to go deep into the heart of Central Baltimore offers a great opportunity to enable more people to discover the renaissance of the area. CBP has long advocated bringing these free buses here, along with other mass transit priorities.

Goal 2: Promote a thriving and diverse residential real estate market and increase population in the Central Baltimore area – through expanded housing, economic and educational resources that will attract newcomers, and incentivize existing residents to remain in their communities.
Whitridge Row unveiled in Harwood

In September, (CBP Partner) Strong City Baltimore formally unveiled its Whitridge Row development, the culmination of a decade-long effort to reduce home vacancy in Harwood. Through this venture, a group of 10 vacant properties on Whitridge Avenue (which is between 27th and 28th Streets near Greenmount Ave) will be transformed. The State Attorney General’s Office, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Baltimore Housing, and Harwood community residents all played key roles in this achievement. Whitridge Row homes (the first of which was finished in September) will become available as they are completed over the course of 2015-2016.

Thanks to Whitridge Row developed by (CBP Partner) Strong City Baltimore, Whitridge Avenue sparkles even on a cloudy day! 
Goal 3: Support partners and other stakeholders who are working to improve schools and education.

Barclay Elementary/Middle School and Johns Hopkins University establish engineering partnership

Work in September and October led up to a November 11, 2015, ribbon cutting ceremony  for Barclay Elementary/Middle School (a Strong City Baltimore Community School) to celebrate the beginning of its 10-year multimillion dollar partnership with Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering, Strong City Baltimore, and Baltimore City Schools. (All of whom are CBP Partners.) This partnership will transform Barclay Elementary/Middle School into a pre-K through grade 8 engineering school with arts integration. Now every class at the Barclay Elementary/Middle School from social studies, to math, to art — will feature elements of engineering and computer science, thanks to a new curriculum supported by educators at the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering. All Barclay students now have access to a new laboratory, co-founded by city schools and the University, outfitted with cutting-edge technology including 3D printers, custom-programmed computers, smartboards, and a makerspace. Additionally, Barclay’s teachers are receiving professional development and training in support of the STEAM curriculum.

Goal 4: Support the Central Baltimore area’s commercial districts with revitalization and stabilization efforts, while fostering mixed-use transit oriented development and arts/entertainment related commercial opportunities.
Waverly Main Street has a lot to celebrate

On September 18th, (CBP partner) Waverly Main Street (one of 9 designated Main Streets in Baltimore City) celebrated many improvements to its public space Waverly Commons. These included: new landscaping with native plantings, a rain garden, new resealing and striping of the parking lot, a new exit ramp at the site of the 32nd Street year-round farmers market, new median signs reflecting the designation of the area as a National Historic Main Street district; and the piece de resistance – a magnificent new W sculpture, designed by the Central Baltimore firm Post Typography that contains details advertising the weekly farmers market.  Notably, a number of the improvements were supported with HCPI Community Spruce-Up Grants. The celebration included a Back-to-School Outdoor Movie Night that (in addition to a feature) showed a new promotional video Wave Hello to Waverly that Waverly Main Street commissioned from Wide Angle Youth Media.

Waverly Main Street (a CBP Partner) has launched many improvements to Waverly Commons (home of the area's farmers market) including the beautiful and informative W sculpture. HCPI Community Spruce-Up grants administered by CBP have been an integral part of the upgrades. Over the years, the Spruce-Ups have been funded by CBP Partners: Johns Hopkins University, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development via its BRNI Initative.
Goal 5: Ensure equitable community development strategies that serve everyone in the diverse population of Central Baltimore.

BIP and  IAC collaborate on pop-up shop, happy hour and vendor fair

From August 8 through September 26, (CBP Partner) the Baltimore Integration Partnership helped sponsor the Made in Baltimore Pop-Up Shop in the North Avenue Market. This shop, run by the Industrial Arts Collective, was created to promote locally made products. It hosted more than 2000 visitors, generating almost $20,000 in sales for 75 participating businesses, and helped support 110 jobs. In addition, a happy hour and a vendor fair were held in early September connecting anchor institution procurement representatives to light manufacturers, artists, and other Baltimore producers. The Industrial Arts Collective, Milk and Honey Market, Monument City Brewing Company, Baltimore Development Corporation, One Baltimore, MICA and other Baltimore Integration Partnership anchor partners helped make the night a success.

IAC's Pop-Up shop on North Ave. was open from Aug. 8 to Sept. 26 and
raised $20,000 for local businesses. CBP Partner BIP was a key sponsor.

Goal 6: Ensure anchor institutions’ engagement in projects that promote 
neighborhood revitalization and economic opportunities.

JHU renews supplemental safety services contract with CVCBD 

After a highly successful nine month pilot, JHU renewed its contract for one year (October 2015 through October 2016) with the Charles Village Community Benefits District to provide supplemental safety services along the North Charles Street corridor between North Avenue and 27th Street. The program includes providing professional, data-driven, management and 70 hours per week of patrols by off-duty Baltimore City Police, as well as enhanced and dedicated monitoring of CVCBD CCTVs, coordination with Baltimore City Police (Northern and Central District offices), local community and business interests, and MICA and Johns Hopkins’ University security. These universities and the Charles Village Community Benefits District are all CBP partners.

Goal 7: Implement the long-term sustainability plan of the Central Baltimore Partnership.
CBP Hosts BRNI Tour for Maryland Delegates

Baltimore Regional Neighborhoods Initiative (BRNI) grants have been key to the renaissance of Central Baltimore. Through this state initiative, CBP has secured millions of dollars in funding for the area. On October 13th, here at the Centre and on a brief walking tour nearby, CBP hosted a group of Baltimore City and County representatives from the Maryland House Delegates (known as  the “Regional Revitalization Work Group”). Together they reviewed the past results and potential future effects of BRNI grants. All four BRNI awardees (of whom CBP is one) made presentations about the positive change that has resulted from BRNI to the Delegates. Later they visited Single Carrot Theater and Parts and Labor Restaurant (next door neighbors in a BRNI assisted rehab in Central Baltimore) for lunch, before continuing on to a tour of homeownership development work in Reservoir Hill hosted by (CBP Partner) Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc.

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