BALTIMORE – The Maryland Economic Development Association has named the Baltimore Design School its MEDA Economic Redevelopment Project Award winner. This project was nominated by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and recognizes Seawall Development Corporation for their commitment to economic development and revitalization in the State of Maryland.
Housed in the former Crown Cork & Seal Company factory building—an abandoned space since 1986—the Baltimore Design School created a state-of-the-art public school delivering educational rigor and training in the areas of fashion design, graphic design, and architecture.
The project, to date, has had a substantial impact on the Baltimore City tax base. The adaptive re-use and sustainable design of the project led to a $3 million dollar award in Sustainable Communities Tax Credits. The school also received a $100,000 award from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Legacy Program, which funds key revitalization projects.
“The Baltimore Design School showcases the power of redevelopment,” said Pamela J. Ruff, Executive Director of MEDA. “The school infuses new life into the community, and new economic possibilities into students’ futures.”
Seawall Development Corporation and the Baltimore Design School were celebrated at the 2014 MEDA Awards Ceremony on April 28, held in conjunction with the MEDA Conference at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, Maryland.
About the MEDA Awards:
Sponsored by Miles & Stockbridge P.C., the MEDA Awards recognize outstanding efforts to attract new businesses, assist existing businesses, redevelop business districts, market communities, and support workforce development, tourism, and agriculture.
MEDA enhances the knowledge and skills of its nearly 500 members and encourages partnerships and networking among those committed to bringing jobs and investment to Maryland. Since 1961, MEDA has operated as a nonprofit organization of economic development professionals, whose members promote the economic well-being of Maryland and work to improve the state’s business climate.