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Central Baltimore Partnership’s New $17.5 Million Housing Plan Will Protect Residents from Displacement While Dramatically Improving the Area and Attracting 3000 Households
Leveraging effects are predicted to result in "half a billion dollars of development."

The Centre and Remington Row developed by CBP Partners Jubilee Baltimore and Seawall Development (in that order) are just 2 of the landmark developments that have taken place in recent years in Central Baltimore. CBP's new plan promises more development, but includes safeguards for lower income residents. 

Central Baltimore Partnership Ratifies $17.5 Million Housing Plan for Redevelopment Without Displacement!

The Centre, North Avenue, Central Baltimore (April 13, 2016)

The Central Baltimore Partnership announced today that, its Steering Committee had unanimously voted in favor of a $17.5 million housing plan that will shape the future of housing in the 10 neighborhoods and one commercial district that are the collective heart of Baltimore City*.  The plan which calls for the Partnership to raise $17.5 million is anticipated to have a leveraging effect that will "catalyze half a billion dollars of development."

The plan estimates that it will increase the size of Central Baltimore by 3000 new households between 2012 and 2022. A massive increase for an area of approximately 20,000 residents ­and all the more dramatic in a city that has lost nearly a 3rd of its population since 1950. The projected increase is well on its way to becoming a reality as 850 homes have already been added. The gains are directly related to efforts to improve the quality of life in the area, as well as the addition of more homes.  At the same time, the Central Baltimore Partnership Housing Strategy plan makes a commitment to secure the status of its current residents across all income levels.

Commenting on the plan, its lead author Charlie Duff, President of Jubilee Baltimore (and CBP Steering Committee member) said: “We want to see that the loyal members of this community, who have done so much over the years to make things better here, reap the benefits of safer streets, improved shopping and better housing and schools.”

In other areas of Baltimore, and in cities around the world, improvements to those types of amenities have been known to result in the displacement of lower-income residents. But the Central Baltimore Partnership’s new plan has remedies in place to prevent this from happening. Specifically, low income residents will be able to access below market rate housing, through subsidized rentals such as already exist in Central Baltimore. (Currently there are 1332 subsidized units – including 151 units added since 2012, with more in the pipeline).  Additionally low income homeowners will be aided in maintaining their property through programs that will assist them with financing repair and rehabilitation projects.

Central Baltimore Partnership Executive Director Ellen Janes expressed confidence that the plan would have a wide-ranging positive effect on the community. “The renaissance of Central Baltimore is going to continue and our neighborhoods, and business areas, are going to grow stronger.  This plan aims to ensure our success benefits our longtime residents and attracts new neighbors.  By building on our momentum, maintaining our Partnership, mobilizing new partners and resources, we can do that.”

The holistic approach to urban revitalization has been the cornerstone of the Partnership since it began. Founded in 2006, the organization’s small staff has worked with nearly a hundred partners (from Joe Squared to the Baltimore Museum of Art) to launch of one of the most comprehensive redevelopment efforts in the history of Baltimore. The Steering Committee that voted in favor of the plan numbers 27 members and includes a vast cross section of interests. At the table were Central Baltimore's 3 major universities (UB, MICA and JHU), non-profits such as Strong City Baltimore and Jubilee Baltimore, private developers such as Seawall Development, and philanthropies such as Goldseker Foundation, and Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. The Steering Committee also has broad representation from local community associations, ranging from Greenmount West, to Charles Village, to Charles North.

Commenting on the width and breadth of the Steering Committee and overall Partnership, Steering Committee Chair Tim Armbruster said “you might think that it would be unwieldy, but actually it’s the secret of our success. This isn’t a bunch of policy wonks trying to deliver a topdown strategy, it’s all the sectors of the community coming together to make Central Baltimore a better place.”
Major projects that have been completed by various Partners with participation from the Partnership have included: Baltimore Design School, Chesapeake Restaurant, City Arts Apartments, Fitzgerald Apartments, Fred Lazarus IV Center for Graduate Studies (MICA), Miller’s Court, North Avenue Market Restoration, Penn Station Revitalization, The Centre, The Motor House.

But activities of various Partners extend beyond redevelopment projects and include everything from schools, to public safety, to workforce development, to grants to community member for “Spruce-Up” projects that improve the appearance of parks and streets.
The Partnership always seeks input from the Central Baltimore community and their housing plan is no exception. As a draft plan, it was presented in a public meeting March 9, 2016 at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1900 St. Paul Street, in Central Baltimore and has been available on the Partnership’s website since then, along with a solicitation for comments.
*Central Baltimore is composed of the Abell, Barclay, Charles North, Charles Village, Greenmount West, Harwood, Oakenshawe, Old Goucher, Remington, Wyman Park neighborhoods and the Waverly Main Street Commercial District.
Plan Highlights by Neighborhood:
$6.5 million for long-term investment in 160 row house rehab projects in Barclay, Charles Village (large, three-story houses), Harwood, Old Goucher, and Remington.
$3 million for long-term investment in commercial projects on and near the Waverly Main Street.
$3.5 million for acquisition and pre-development on commercial projects in Charles North.
$3 million for high-intensity residential and mixed-use projects in Remington.
$1 million for acquisition, pre-development, and possibly long-term soft finance for high-density projects in Old Goucher.
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Formed in 2006, the Central Baltimore Partnership’s mission is to galvanize the renaissance of Central Baltimore. It pursues its mission by partnering with neighborhood organizations, non-profits, educational institutions, businesses and city government agencies.

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