Baltimore- In front of the vacant storefronts of Old Town Mall in East Baltimore, Governor Martin O’Malley joined Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and DHCD Deputy Secretary Clarence J. Snuggs to announce Smart Growth awards for revitalization of the Mall and similar sites around Maryland. Through the Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Fund, 13 projects in Sustainable Communities will receive $5 million.
Once a bustling commercial center, Governor O’Malley cited Old Town Mall as the perfect example of an area and project where targeted State funds can leverage create the investment and partnerships to positively transform neighborhoods. Today’s awards are expected to leverage an additional $292 in public and private investment for “Smart, Green & Growing” revitalization activities that accelerate economic growth, encourage sustainability, and improve residents’ quality of life.
“This funding builds on a wide variety of efforts to strengthen communities and support smart, sustainable projects like the redevelopment of Old Town Mall right here in Baltimore City and across our great State.”
The Baltimore Development Corporation and the Housing Authority of Baltimore City recently issued a request for proposals for the redevelopment of the Mall’s 17-acre site to create a mixed-income, mixed-use commercial district that, according to the Mayor will link “Downtown to Old Town.” The project was awarded $300,000 through the Fund specifically for demolition of the Mall’s blighted properties to prepare for this redevelopment.
After brief remarks, Deputy Secretary Snuggs announced the awards and recognized the representatives from each project. He then joined the Governor and Mayor for a tour of Mall and surrounding areas led by the City’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation.
For more details on today’s awards, visit http://www.governor.maryland.gov/blog/?p=10229