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Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Awards Help Communities Clear Path for New Development

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Rendering of the Eastern Shore Medical Center that will replace the vacant Daily Times building in Salisbury.

DECEMBER 17

Salisbury, MD – The demolition of the vacant Daily Times building in Salisbury to make way for a new medical center and the redesign of the Brentwood Fire Station  into a municipal center that will house town offices, the police department and a public meeting space are two of the 27 projects receiving grants through the Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Fund program.

The awards include $2.5 million to help Baltimore demolish long-time vacant buildings in strategic neighborhoods as part of its Vacants to Value initiative.

DHCD is announcing the award of $7.5 million to benefit 27 projects in 12 counties and Baltimore City. Those funds are expected to leverage an additional $178 million in public, private and philanthropic investments.

The Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Fund program compliments the Community Legacy program by providing the necessary predevelopment funding to jump-start transformational community and economic revitalization projects.

Established in 2012, the program funds such predevelopment activities as demolition, land assembly and infrastructure improvements that are critical to attracting other public and private investment. This funding is also available to local governments and nonprofit community development corporations, who many times are working with private entities and other partners invested in Maryland neighborhoods and focused on creating jobs and housing opportunities.

See the full list of Fiscal Year 2015 awards below.

 

County Awardee Amount Project Name Description
Anne Arundel County Bowman Community Development Corporation $100,000 Bowman Housing For Veterans Demolish existing building in the Clay street neighborhood to construct affordable housing units for veterans.
Anne Arundel County Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis $350,000 Newtowne 20 Redevelopment The demolition and redevelopment of Newtowne 20, a 78-unit family public housing property comprised of nine two-story buildings and a community center built in 1971, on a 6.45-acre parcel.
Baltimore City Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development $2,500,000 Vacants to Value Blight Elimination Initiative Blight Elimination efforts through the demolition of long-time vacant buildings in strategic neighborhoods.
Baltimore City Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc. $250,000 McKeldin Plaza – Design and Demolition Design and Demolition that will recreate an underutilized public space and transform it into a welcoming and active plaza that naturally connects Downtown to the Inner Harbor.
Baltimore City Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Inc. $150,000 Eager Street V2V Project – Strategic Property Acquisition Strategic acquisition of key sites in the Vacants to Value project area.
Baltimore City Park Heights Renaissance, Inc. $300,000 St. Ambrose School Acquisition Acquisition of the currently vacant and former St. Ambrose School for redevelopment and use as a new Baltimore City Charter School.
Baltimore City Park Heights Renaissance, Inc. $200,000 Loyola Northway Revitalization Plan Acquisition of 13 vacant homes in the 2600 block of Loyola Northway and completion of the construction design.
Baltimore City Parks & People Foundation, Inc. $250,000 Auchentoroly Terrace at Druid Hill Park Infrastructure improvements to a 9-acre parcel of abandoned park land adjacent to Druid Hill Park for the adaptive-reuse of a historic building and constructing offices, educational and community facilities.
Baltimore City TRF Development Partners $250,000 Broadway East Revitalization Infrastructure and stabilization improvements for a 10 unit homeownership project in East Baltimore’s Broadway East neighborhood.
Baltimore County Baltimore County Government $37,000 Turner Station Revitalization Project – Demolition Demolish two blighted, vacant, county-owned structures located at 102/106 Avondale and stabilize the site for redevelopment.
Carroll County Town of Sykesville $200,000 Historic Sykesville Fire House Acquisition Purchase, stabilization & restoration of the historic firehouse building on Sykesville’s Main Street for commercial use.
Cecil County Town of Elkton $100,000 The North Street Parking Lot Improvement Project Infrastructure improvements that will improve an existing lot with a new entrance, lighting, landscaping, bicycle racks, electric vehicle charging stations.
Dorchester County City of Cambridge $325,000 Sailwinds Gateway – Phase 3 Acquisition and assembly of contiguous vacant/blighted properties on Route 50 providing an opportunity for a Welcoming Gateway to the community.
Dorchester County City of Cambridge $100,000 Chesapeake Grove Intergenerational Center -Infrastructure Infrastructure improvements for a planned community center serving seniors, children, and individuals with disabilities.
Harford County City of Aberdeen $175,000 Aberdeen Transit Oriented Development – Station Square Improvements Acquisition and demolition of 25 North Philadelphia Boulevard which will support new development in the Aberdeen Transit Oriented Development area.
Montgomery County City of Gaithersburg $100,000 Olde Towne Park Plaza Design and construction of a park plaza at the intersection of Summit and Diamond Avenues, the crossroads of Olde Towne Gaithersburg.
Prince George’s County City of Mount Rainier $175,000 Demolition of Vacant City Properties Demolition of two vacant and blighted city owned properties located at 3200 Rhode Island Avenue and 3701 Eastern Avenue including the disposal of hazardous material to facilitate redevelopment.
Prince George’s County Gateway Community Development Corporation $175,000 Perry Street Townhomes Design of five net zero energy townhomes that will revitalize the Mt. Rainier community, help expand low-impact green practices into mainstream construction.
Prince George’s County Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County $238,000 Acquisition and Demolition for Studio 3807 Acquisition of two adjacent parcels and the demolition of all buildings on Studio 3807 site which is a mixed-use development project in Brentwood community.
Prince George’s County Revenue Authority of Prince George’s County $400,000 Hamilton Street Structured Parking Facility Infrastructure development of a structured parking facility to support existing retail, enable development and rehabilitation of under-utilized commercial properties in downtown Hyattsville.
Prince George’s County Town of Brentwood $200,000 Town of Brentwood – Municipal Town Center Redesign the Brentwood Fire Station into a municipal center including Town offices, Police Department, public meeting space and a digital resource room.
Prince George’s County Town of Capitol Heights $75,000 Capitol Heights Metro Demolition Demolition of property at 106 Quire Avenue adjacent to the Capitol Heights Metro and a Complete Green Street.
Prince George’s County Town of Cottage City $100,000 The Cottage City Public Works Facility and Community Tool Shed Design of a state of the art, sustainable model public works facility that will also contain a community workshop and tool shed.
Talbot County Town of Easton $200,000 Housing on the Hill Acquisition and design of 6 historic homes in the Hill Community of Easton.
Washington County PenMar Development Corporation $100,000 Fort Ritchie Sanitary Sewer Relining Infrastructure development of a portion of the sewer collection system at Fort Ritchie, a closed US Army base located in Cascade, MD to facilitate redevelopment of the base.
Wicomico County City of Salisbury $250,000 Daily Times Demolition Project Demolish the vacant Daily Times Building in downtown Salisbury for redevelopment into the Eastern Shore Medical Center.
Worcester County Ocean City Development Corporation $200,000 OCDC Model Block project Demolition of buildings on the Model Block for a mixed-use in-fill redevelopment project.
Grand Total $7,500,000


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News Alert! Lender Closes the First Loan through the Maryland Mortgage Program Triple Play Initiative

DECEMBER 17

NEWS ALERT! First Home Mortgage on Monday became the first lender to close a loan through the MMP Triple Play Initiative, DHCD’s $100 million program to build homeownership in Prince George’s County.

The initiative, which was launched last month, will help an estimated 500 families purchase the home of their dreams in the county through the Maryland Mortgage Program by providing $10,000 downpayment and closing cost assistance, plus an additional $10,000 for homebuyers purchasing in one of 14 county zip codes; and a reduced Maryland Mortgage Program interest rate. In addition, The state is waiving its fee on the Maryland HomeCredit, which allows homebuyers to claim a federal income tax credit of up to $2,000 for as long as the Maryland Mortgage Program loan is outstanding.

The Triple Play initiative is the result of a unique partnership between the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Prince George’s County and the Office of the Attorney General. Working together, the partners recognized homeownership as the most effective use of a portion of the $10 million that was set aside for Prince George’s County as part of the landmark Mortgage Servicing Settlement between the nation’s attorneys general and the five largest lenders.

Through the initiative, all eligible Maryland Mortgage Program borrowers purchasing in Prince George’s County receive a 0.25 percent discount on the regular Maryland Mortgage Program’s already low rates, plus a $10,000 downpayment assistance in the form of an interest-free, deferred loan, good for the life of the loan.

Also, borrowers purchasing in one of 14 county zip codes can receive an additional $10,000 grant for a total of $20,000 of financial assistance. Those zip codes are: 20743 (Capitol Heights), 20746 (Suitland), 20706 (Lanham), 20745 (Oxon Hill), 20747 (District Heights), 20772 and 20774 (Upper Marlboro), 20748 (Temple Hills), 20744 (Fort Washington), 20737 (Riverdale), 20784 (Landover/Hyattsville), 20785 (Landover Hills/Hyattsville), 20710 (Bladensburg), and 20722 (Brentwood).

Learn more about Maryland’s flagship homeownership program by visiting DHCD’s website: MMP.MARYLAND.GOV.


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Stimulating Investment in Maryland’s Neighborhoods: $5.7 million in Community Legacy Grants Announced

DECEMBER 17

bromo-seltzer-tower-12.17Crownsville, MD – The restoration of Baltimore’s iconic Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, the renovation and reinvention of a historic tobacco packing house in southern Maryland and the installation of decorative street lights in downtown Ocean City are among the projects receiving grants through the Community Legacy program, Maryland’s initiative to stimulate investment and strengthen development in traditional downtowns all over the state.

DHCD is announcing $5.7 million in Community Legacy program grants to 67 projects in 20 counties and Baltimore City. Those grants support total project costs of more than $45.4 million.

The Community Legacy program provides local governments and community development organizations with essential funding and gap financing for important projects that will strengthen local communities, supporting housing and homeownership goals and attracting and retaining businesses. Projects include improving commercial facades, greening and streetscaping activities, renovating historic buildings for conversion into service or community centers, and rehabilitating blighted properties in downtown areas. It is one of Maryland’s most effective programs for promoting neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, tourism, and economic growth.

Since 2007, the O’Malley-Brown administration has awarded more than $41 million to 440 projects through the Community Legacy program, creating or preserving an estimated 1,300 permanent jobs and 3,000 temporary jobs mostly in construction-related fields and putting more than $222 million into the state’s economy.

See the complete list of Community Legacy Awardees:

County Awardee Amount Project Name Description
Allegany County Mayor and City Council of Cumberland, Maryland $50,000 Façade Improvement Program Implement a commercial façade improvement program in Cumberland’s Central Business and Main Street Districts enhancing the visual and architectural significance of the historic neighborhood.
Allegany County City of Frostburg $75,000 Upper Story Redevelopment Assist property owners in converting underused upper-story space into viable residential units fostering mixed-use development.
Allegany County City of Frostburg $50,000 Frostburg Museum Building Reuse Rehabilitation of the historic St. Michael’s Catholic Church School building on Main Street for reuse as the Frostburg Museum.
Allegany County City of Frostburg $25,000 Facade Improvement Program Assist business and property owners with improving the exterior of their properties.
Anne Arundel County Arundel Community Development Services, Inc. $200,000 Brooklyn Park Acquisition & Rehabilitation Program Acquire and rehabilitate approximately 4 units for rent and rehabilitate approximately 5 owner occupied units.
Baltimore City York Corridor Collective $40,000 York Corridor Zipper Gateway Streetscape improvements along York Road drawing together diverse neighborhoods and commercial nodes.
Baltimore City TRF Development Partners $250,000 Preston Place VIII Rehabilitation of a six unit homeownership and rental project in East Baltimore.
Baltimore City Southeast Community Development Corporation $100,000 Highlandtown Placemaking Phase II-CL-2015 Provide new murals, street furniture, plantings, pedestrian lighting, and public art through a Creative Placemaking process.
Baltimore City Southeast Community Development Corporation $100,000 Conkling Commons Rehabilitation that transforms a blighted, historic property into work studios for artists, and office space for related businesses, in the Highlandtown Main Street and Arts and Entertainment Districts.
Baltimore City Southeast Community Development Corporation $50,000 Sokol Hall Provides exterior improvements to support the redevelopment of a large vacant commercial warehouse building into a gymnasium.
Baltimore City Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore $100,000 Facade Program Implement a Facade Program that will provide small grants to homeowners to make improvements to the exterior of their homes.
Baltimore City Housing Authority of Baltimore City $100,000 Redevelopment of Scattered Site Public Housing Rehabilitation of 2 long-term vacant public housing units in the Oliver/Broadway East community to be occupied by public housing households.
Baltimore City Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Inc. $100,000 St. Katherine’s Family Recovery Center Conversion of the former St. Katherine’s Catholic School into a multi-family housing facility for clients of the Family Recovery Program, Inc.
Baltimore City Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc. $100,000 Facade Improvement Program (FIP) Continue the Facade Improvement Program that reimburses property and business owners for improvements made to their storefronts.
Baltimore City Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation $150,000 Coppin Heights Urban Revitalization Project Predevelopment of the vacant homes and lots that were acquired in the 2700 block of W. North Avenue to include grants for facade improvements for current homeowners.
Baltimore City Central Baltimore Partnership, Inc. $100,000 North Avenue Arts Restoration a vacant building in Station North into a café with a black box performance space, artist studios, and a cultural incubator for non-profit arts and design organizations.
Baltimore City Central Baltimore Partnership, Inc. $55,000 Greenmount De/Construction Jobs Center Rehabilitation of a new carpentry workshop, classroom, office and with expanded storage space for construction materials, equipment and tools.
Baltimore City Central Baltimore Partnership, Inc. $50,000 Barclay Park Create much needed and desired green open space in the community surrounded by new homes for both renters and homeowners in Barclay.
Baltimore City Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts $150,000 Bromo Seltzer Tower Exterior Rehabilitation Restoration of the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower’s exterior, an adaptive reuse project in the heart of downtown Baltimore and the centerpiece of the new Bromo Arts and Entertainment District.
Baltimore City Baltimore Development Corporation $100,000 Baltimore Main Street Facade Program Continue a facade improvement program that provides matching funds to businesses within the nine Baltimore Main Streets neighborhoods for the purpose of commercial revitalization.
Calvert County Town of North Beach $150,000 Flood Protection Improvements Construction a dike to protect downtown from tidal flooding.
Caroline County Town of Federalsburg $35,000 Downtown Business Facade Program Implement a facade program in a 2 block area of the downtown business district.
Caroline County Town of Denton $200,000 Culinary School -Phase II Completion of the 2nd floor of the Chesapeake Culinary School as well as site work to complete the exterior.
Carroll County Town of Mount Airy $50,000 Downtown Façade Program Continue a facade improvement program which will ensure a preservation of the architectural character found in Downtown Mount Airy.
Carroll County Town of Manchester $60,000 Sidewalks and Accessibility Improvements Provide new walkways and street crossings that are accessible to handicap persons and that will encourage more residents to walk to local businesses and attractions.
Carroll County City of Westminster $50,000 Facade Improvement Program (FIP) Continue a facade improvement program that will make available grants to businesses as a 50/50 match.
Cecil County Town of Elkton $50,000 Downtown Facade Grant Program Continuation of a successful facade improvement program targeting commercial properties in downtown Elkton.
Charles County County Commissioners of Charles County, Maryland $200,000 Hughesville Tobacco Warehouse Facade Improvements and Plaza Upgrades Restoration that consists of aesthetic façade improvements to a historic tobacco packing house and an adjoining plaza, to be part of a larger adaptive re-use project.
Frederick County Town of Thurmont $9,000 Thurmont Historical Society Summer Kitchen Restoration of the Historical Society’s Summer Kitchen in the heart of the Main Street Area.
Frederick County Town of Emmitsburg $50,000 Facade Improvement Program Continuation of Facade and Exterior Restoration 50/50 owner/State match program for commercial & residential.
Frederick County The City of Frederick $100,000 Facade Improvement Program Continuation of a Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program within the Patrick Street Corridor Community which includes Downtown Frederick, East Frederick and the Golden Mile neighborhoods.
Frederick County City of Brunswick $50,000 Main Street Façade Program Grant Continuation of a Façade Improvement 50/50 matching grant that provides for façade improvements while enticing private investment to revitalize downtown.
Garrett County Garrett County, Maryland, Community Action Committee, Inc. $27,000 Friendsville Sidewalk Replacement Replace approximately 490 linear feet of sidewalk along east side of First Avenue from Walnut St. to Park St. to be ADA accessible.
Garrett County Garrett County, Maryland, Community Action Committee, Inc. $26,000 Oakland Welcome Signage Update and install “Welcome to Oakland” signage as a gateway into the downtown area.
Garrett County Garrett County, Maryland, Community Action Committee, Inc. $23,000 Oakland Facade Improvement Program Continuation of a successful facade improvement program targeting commercial properties.
Garrett County Garrett County, Maryland, Community Action Committee, Inc. $10,000 Oakland Streetscape Sidewalk improvements and fencing for a non-motorized children’s train ride at the train station.
Harford County Town of Bel Air $175,000 Armory Marketplace – Phase 4 Conversion of 1950’s era cinder block garages located behind the Bel Air Armory into “Armory Marketplace”; a retail incubator space. Phase 4 includes landscaping, pathways and exterior site work.
Harford County Harford County, Maryland $40,000 Edgewood Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative Acquisition, rehab, and sale of a Harford Square home as part of a revitalization program that includes affordable homeownership opportunities, repairs, and community engagement.
Harford County City of Havre de Grace $175,000 Opera House Renovation – Completion of Phase I Renovation of a two-story historic theater to be used as a performing arts space for the region.
Harford County City of Havre de Grace $35,000 Facade Improvement Program Continuation of a Facade Improvement Program to concentrate on long term commercial vacancies in the registered Historic/Commercial and Arts & Entertainment District.
Harford County City of Aberdeen $50,000 Facade Improvement Program Implementation of a Façade Improvement Grant Program in the Transit Oriented Development area.
Howard County Howard County Government $50,000 Facade Improvement Program Continuation and expansion of a Facade Improvement Program to the entire Ellicott City Sustainable Community area.
Kent County Town of Chestertown $150,000 Sultana Education Foundation Education Center Construction of an 8,500 square-foot LEED Platinum Education Center for the Sultana Education Foundation at 200 South Cross Street.
Montgomery County City of Takoma Park $100,000 Streetscape Improvements -Parkview Towers Design & implement streetscape improvements along Maple and Lincoln avenues in downtown Takoma Park.
Montgomery County City of Takoma Park $100,000 6450 New Hampshire Avenue Infrastructure improvements that augment private construction of a two-story commercial building to include improved pedestrian access, permeable pavers, and roof-mounted solar panels.
Prince George’s County Town of Forest Heights $190,000 Police and Public Works Building Renovation of a facility to provide the Police Department and Public Works Department needed and adequate office and related work and storage space.
Prince George’s County Town of Fairmount Heights $75,000 The Historic African American Signage Trail Initiative Create and implement a historic signage project that identifies important historic landmarks in the town and historic district.
Prince George’s County Town of Bladensburg $100,000 PG Municipal Healthy Homes Rehabilitation for low/moderate income homeowners thru Energy Audits to ensure health and safety, energy efficiency and sustainability.
Prince George’s County Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County $225,000 Kentland/Palmer Park Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) Implement a Housing Revitalization Program that will purchase and substantially renovate 6 vacant homes for sale to first-time homebuyers and provide façade improvements to 25 neighboring homeowners.
Prince George’s County Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission $35,000 Facade Improvement Program Implement a Facade Improvement Program for the Central Business District.
Prince George’s County College Park City University Partnership $100,000 Live/Work College Park Build houses & renovate current rental properties to increase single family homes and encourage UMD faculty, staff, graduate students, and others to live in College Park.
Prince George’s County City of Mount Rainier $50,000 Business Improvement Program Infrastructure improvements for the two Business Districts – Route 1 Rhode Island Avenue and the 34th Street District.
Prince George’s County City of Hyattsville $50,000 Commercial Facade Improvement Program Continuation of the Commercial Facade Improvement Program, which assists primarily small businesses by providing a 50% match to upgrade the quality of the facade.
Saint Mary’s County Housing Authority of St. Mary’s County $125,000 Jarboe Family Education Center Installation of a poured rubberized playground surface at the Jarboe Center.
Somerset County Town of Princess Anne $75,000 Downtown Street Rehabilitation Rehabilitation of downtown streets to include: Roberts St., Pine St., Oak St., McCallen St., Fluers Lane, Broad St., N. Beckford Ave., S. Beckford Ave., and South St.
Somerset County Town of Princess Anne $50,000 Downtown Princess Anne Facade Improvement Program Continuation of a Facade Improvement Program within the Downtown Main Street area.
Somerset County City of Crisfield $75,000 Paving & Infrastructure in Commercial & Tourism Districts Completion of sidewalk and curb and gutter projects in the Commercial & Tourist Districts to include new lighting, paving and utilities.
Talbot County Town of Easton $40,000 Port Street Sidewalks Completion of the Port Street Sidewalk network in downtown Easton.
Talbot County Town of Easton $25,000 Facade Improvement Program Continuation of a Facade Improvement Program within the Historic Main Street Community area.
Washington County City of Hagerstown $100,000 Homeownership Program Acquisition/Rehabilitation of Residential Properties within Targeted Areas for homeownership.
Washington County City of Hagerstown $100,000 Student Housing Model Project Upper-story rehabilitation for a student housing project in the vicinity of University System of Maryland.
Wicomico County City of Salisbury $125,000 Commercial Building Improvement Grants Rehabilitation grants awarded to business owners for interior and/or exterior improvements to commercial buildings located in the Downtown Historic District.
Worcester County Town of Snow Hill $50,000 Facade Improvement Program Continuation of the Commercial Facade Improvement Program to assist business owners with improvements as well as a pilot facade program for residential properties.
Worcester County Ocean City Development Corporation $100,000 St. Louis Avenue Street Enhancements (Phase III) Install decorative street lights into this comprehensive street improvement project and LED lighting within the downtown area.
Worcester County Ocean City Development Corporation $50,000 OCDC Facade Improvement Program Continuation of the Facade Improvement Program and also increase energy efficiency of older buildings in downtown Ocean City between the Inlet and 17th Street.
Worcester County City of Pocomoke $25,000 Historic Costen House Museum Repairs Rehabilitation of the historic Costen House for reuse as a historic Museum featuring Pocomoke.
Worcester County City of Pocomoke $25,000 Downtown Business Development and Building Facade Improvement Program Implement a Business Development and Facade Improvement Program to assist new downtown businesses with start-up costs and to help building owners with repair/renovation costs.
Grand Total $5,700,00

 


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Nine Historic Maryland Properties to Receive $10 Million in Sustainable Communities Tax Credits

DECEMBER 10

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Ellicott City, MD – Acting Secretary Clarence Snuggs joined state and local officials to announce $10 million in state tax credits that will fund nine historic restoration projects across Maryland. The tax credit will infuse positive change and jobs to communities from Cumberland to Cambridge. Read the release.

By offsetting the costs of historic renovation, the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program helps owners of historic structures preserve some of Maryland’s best places as well as provides an economic boost to their communities. The awards were announced in the Old Post Office in Ellicott City, near the site of a tax credit project.

The Sustainable Communities Tax Credit program, administered by Maryland Historic Trust, which is part of the Maryland Department of Planning, has invested close to $360 million since it began in 1996. The investments have helped restore more than 3,995 residential and 616 commercial historic structures, preserving buildings with a sense of place that contribute to the uniqueness and charm of Maryland towns and cities.

Part of the 2010 Sustainable Communities Act, the tax credit program promotes community revitalization and strengthens the mutual goals of the Maryland Departments of Planning and DHCD.

The $10 million investment will leverage private investment of about $76.7 million in the following projects:

  1. Footer’s Dye Works, Cumberland:Conversion of an industrial factory to commercial restaurant and apartment use. Credit amount: $1,990,552; Est. project cost: $7,962,208.
  2. Eastern Pumping Station/Baltimore Food Hub, Baltimore:Conversion of former pumping station to a mixed use food center business incubator. Credit amount: $3 million; Est. project cost: $15 million.
  3. Fells Point Recreation Pier, Baltimore:Conversion of the former municipal pier building for use as a hotel and restaurant facility. Credit amount: $3 million; Est. project cost: $39.8 million.
  4. Florence Crittenton Home, Baltimore:Conversion of former mill owner’s mansion/social services campus for use as rental apartments. Credit amount: $520,000; Est. project cost: $2.6 million.
  5. Eastwick Motor Company, Baltimore:Conversion of a 1914 Ford dealership for use as an arts organization center and restaurant. Credit amount: $453,968; Est. project cost: $6.1 million.
  6. Carrollton Hall, Ellicott City:Restoration of the 1832 mansion house for use as community meeting space and museum. Credit amount: $780,480; Est. project cost: $3.9 million.
  7. Taylor’s Furniture Store, Ellicott City:Rehabilitation of a retail and residential building for use as restaurant and office space. Credit amount: $150,000; Est. project cost: $750,000.
  8. Doughoregan Manor Work House, Ellicott City:Rehabilitation of a 1760s plantation building for use as rental residential housing. Credit amount: $60,000; Est. project cost: $300,000.
  9. 511 Poplar Street, Cambridge:Rehabilitation of commercial building for retail and rental residential use. Credit amount: $45,000; Est. project cost: $225,000.


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New Assistance for Homeless Veterans Announced, Including First-Ever Vouchers in Southern Maryland

DECEMBER 8

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Baltimore – Sixty homeless veterans in Maryland will receive rental assistance and other services through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program, including the first vouchers in southern Maryland, officials announced.

Acting Secretary Clarence Snuggs joined Senator Benjamin Cardin, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the secretaries of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to announce additional assistance to help 1,984 homeless veterans find permanent supportive housing. Read HUD’s release.

The voucher program combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by the Veterans Administration. In October, the two federal agencies awarded $62 million in vouchers to assist more than 9,000 homeless veterans.

Three Maryland agencies received 60 vouchers for more than $491,000, including 21 vouchers for homeless veterans in southern Maryland, which has never received vouchers before.

Last year, DHCD joined the “We All Count” campaign, working with local organizations and many volunteers to obtain a more accurate count of homeless veterans in southern Maryland. Required by HUD and conducted by local Continuums of Care, the Point-in-Time survey is a census of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. Data from this survey is used to determine eligibility and funding levels for certain federal housing grant and loan assistance.

A large portion of the region’s homeless are believed to be veterans, and the “We All Count” campaign focused on improving the accuracy of their count, which resulted in the first-ever HUD Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers being allocated to southern Maryland.

The allocations for Maryland included: 30 vouchers for $219,521 to the Hagerstown Housing Authority; nine vouchers for $72,945 to the Housing Authority of Baltimore County; and 21 vouchers for $198,901 to the Calvert County Housing Authority.


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DHCD Launches $100 Million Mortgage Initiative for Homebuyers in Prince George’s County

NOV. 20

triple-play-posterHyattsville, MD – Acting Secretary Clarence Snuggs, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today announced the launch of the Maryland Mortgage Program TriplePlay Initiative in Prince George’s County for potential homebuyers.

This new $100 million mortgage initiative is designed to help stabilize county neighborhoods by promoting homeownership. Learn more.

Here’s why the initiative is called TriplePlay: First, families looking to buy a home in Prince George’s County through the Maryland Mortgage Program may be eligible for up to $20,000 of downpayment and closing cost assistance. Second, they are eligible for a reduced Maryland Mortgage Program interest rate. Third, the state is waiving its fee to receive the Maryland HomeCredit, which allows homebuyers to claim a federal income tax credit of up to $2,000 for as long as the Maryland Mortgage Program loan is outstanding.

The $100 million MMP TriplePlay Initiative in Prince George’s County will help an estimated 500 families own the home of their dreams in the county. It is the result of a unique partnership between the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Prince George’s County and the Office of the Attorney General.  Working together, the partners recognized homeownership as the most effective use of a portion of the $10 million that was set aside for Prince George’s County as part of the landmark Mortgage Servicing Settlement between the nation’s attorneys general and the five largest lenders.

Through the initiative, all eligible Maryland Mortgage Program borrowers purchasing in Prince George’s County receive a 0.25 percent discount on the regular Maryland Mortgage Program’s already low rates, plus a $10,000 downpayment assistance in the form of an interest-free, deferred loan, good for the life of the loan.

Also, borrowers purchasing in one of 14 county zip codes can receive an additional $10,000 grant for a total of $20,000 of financial assistance. Those zip codes are: 20743 (Capitol Heights), 20746 (Suitland), 20706 (Lanham), 20745 (Oxon Hill), 20747 (District Heights), 20772 and 20774 (Upper Marlboro), 20748 (Temple Hills), 20744 (Fort Washington), 20737 (Riverdale), 20784 (Landover/Hyattsville), 20785 (Landover Hills/Hyattsville), 20710 (Bladensburg), and 20722 (Brentwood).

The Maryland Mortgage Program has been the state’s flagship mortgage purchase program for more than 30 years. Program loans are administered by a network of more than 60 private lending institutions across the state, including about 30 lenders in Prince George’s County.  Additional benefits of the program include pre-purchase home buyer education.

For more information on the MMP TriplePlay Initiative go to: http://mmp.maryland.gov/TriplePlay.

 


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Pilot Initiative Will Help Homeless Vets in Prince George’s Co. Get Stable Housing for Their Families

NOV.10

Crownsville, MD – In recognition of Veterans Day, Acting Secretary Clarence J. Snuggs is announcing the Families First initiative, an innovative pilot program that will help homeless veterans in Prince George’s County – particularly those with children – find stable housing for their families. Read the release.

Families First is a housing-centered program designed to help veterans better navigate the various programs that help them adjust to civilian life. Its unique focus on families offers additional support for households that sometimes are headed by single parents.

Families First is provided to eligible military veterans through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development with generous support from the Freddie Mac Foundation and with service navigation provided by Friendship Place, a nonprofit organization already working with veterans in Prince George’s County.

Through the Families First initiative, DHCD will be able to assist eligible veterans and their families by providing a stable living situation through rental supports. A participating family will contribute 30 percent of their income toward rent, and DHCD can pay the remainder for up to three years. Participating veterans will be enrolled in a self-sufficiency program that will connect the veteran with community resources such as workforce training, career development, childcare, and transportation.

To learn more, visit DHCD’s website at DHCD.MARYLAND.GOV/FAMILIESFIRST


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Sustainable Communities OK’d in Five Counties Including DHCD’s Future Home in Prince George’s

NOV 3

New-Carrollton-StationCrownsville, MD – With the support of the governor’s Smart Growth Subcabinet, DHCD has approved six new Sustainable Communities, raising to 77 the total number designated communities throughout the State of Maryland.

Sustainable Communities is a place-based community revitalization designation offering a comprehensive package of resources. To participate, municipal and county governments are asked to identify local areas in need of revitalization and create a comprehensive revitalization strategy or “Action Plan” guiding investment in accordance with the principles of sustainability.

The Sustainable Community Action Plan aims to increase economic, transportation and housing choices, and improve environmental quality and health outcomes, among other locally identified goals. Sustainable Community designation encourages interagency and cross-governmental collaboration, aligning State and local resources to address the needs of Maryland communities. Sustainable Communities builds on current federal and state initiatives.

DHCD is especially pleased to announce the designation of the Landover Hills-New Carrollton community in Prince George’s County, which is to be the future location of the Department’s headquarters tentatively beginning Spring 2015.

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Hagerstown is First in Washington County to Join Award-Winning Main Street Maryland Program

OCT 30

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Hagerstown, MD –Hagerstown has joined the Main Street Maryland program, becoming the ninth community under the O’Malley-Brown administration to participate in the comprehensive initiative to stimulate investment in the state’s traditional downtowns.

Acting Secretary Clarence Snuggs on Thursday joined Hagerstown Mayor David Gysberts and other community and business leaders in Hagerstown’s Public Square to announce the designation.

Becoming a Maryland Main Street isn’t easy. The award winning program looks for factors such as preservation of the historical character, community involvement and sustainability when evaluating an application. Twenty-seven communities in 16 counties have made the grade since Maryland launched the program in 1998. Hagerstown is the first Main Street Maryland community in Washington County.

Once designated, Main Street Maryland communities will receive technical assistance, training and other commercial revitalization services. Designees also receive priority consideration for DHCD funding through programs such as Community Legacy and Neighborhood BusinessWorks.

Since 1998, the program has helped communities across the state increase investment in downtown historic districts with more than 2,700 private project improvements totaling nearly $214 million in investment. In addition, Main Street Maryland has seen nearly 2,000 new businesses open, generating more than 7,300 new jobs in historic downtowns across the state.

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