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The Baltimore Design School, Made Possible With Community Legacy Funds, is Named MEDA Economic Redevelopment Project Winner

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MEDA President Lawrence F. Twele, CEcD; Secretary Raymond Skinner; N. Gordon Knox, Miles & Stockbridge

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.

About MEDA:
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.


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Baltimore’s Wylie Funeral Home Opens Second Facility With Small Business Loan Through DHCD’s Neighborhood BusinessWorks Program

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined members of the Wylie family for the grand opening of their new funeral home which was made possible by a grant through DHCD's Neighborhood BusinessWorks program. Neighborhood BusinessWorks provides gap financing to new or expanding small businesses in sustainable communities throughout Maryland.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined members of the Wylie family for the grand opening of their new funeral home which was made possible by a loan through DHCD’s Neighborhood BusinessWorks program. Neighborhood BusinessWorks provides gap financing to new or expanding small businesses in sustainable communities throughout Maryland.


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Clearing Away the Old to Make Way for the New: Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Fund Awards Announced

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Joined by Frederick Mayor Randy McClement, Governor O’Malley, and Mayor Rawlings-Blake, Deputy Secretary Snuggs prepares to announce the award winners.

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

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Governor O’Malley and Mayor Rawlings-Blake tour the Old Town Mall area


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The Community Development Program at Work: Rehabilitating Homes for Wicomico County Families

NATIONAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WEEK – Day 3

InNew Home recognition of National Community Development Week, DHCD is marking the 40th anniversary of the federal Community Development Block Grant program by featuring a CDBG project each day.

The program is one of the agency’s most significant tools. Through it, Maryland has invested $235 million of grant funds in 810 projects in smaller municipalities and rural counties. The projects have leveraged over $1 billion. CDBG also responds to natural disasters and special issues such as foreclosure prevention. In recent years DHCD has administered $30 million in disaster relief and $31 million in foreclosure relief through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

Today’s featured project is in Wicomico County.

Since 1992, Wicomico County has used $2.45 million in CDBG funds to rehabilitate 184 houses. Those funds were leveraged with additional resources from the county, DHCD and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Wicomico County provides conditional grants and/or zero percentage interest loans to low and moderate income homeowners.

On average, the county spent $29,000 per home to repair code violations, replace roofs, replace of septic tanks, build ADA compliant bathrooms or ramps, and remove lead paint.


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The Community Development Block Grant Program at Work: A Glass Manufacturing Firm in Western Maryland

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NATIONAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WEEK – Day 2

Mountain Lake Park, MD – In recognition of National Community Development Week, DHCD is marking the 40th anniversary of  the federal Community Development Block Grant program by featuring a CDBG project each day.

The program is one of the agency’s most significant tools. Through it, Maryland has invested $235 million of grant funds in 810 projects in smaller municipalities and rural counties. The projects have leveraged over $1 billion. CDBG also responds to natural disasters and special issues such as foreclosure prevention. In recent years DHCD has administered $30 million in disaster relief and $31 million in foreclosure relief through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

Today’s featured project is in Garrett County.

A CDBG grant of $1,500,000 was awarded to Garrett County in 1998 to subgrant to Simon Pearce, Inc. to assist with the opening of the Simon Pearce, Inc. manufacturing facility. The company’s founder, Simon Pearce, is an Irish born entrepreneur of glassblowing and pottery. While traveling through western Maryland, he decided to open a second facility in Mountain Lake Park. Through an extensive job training program, the company taught local residents the art of glassblowing.

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The Community Development Block Grant Program: 40 Years of Building Strong Communities in Maryland

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A grant through the Community Development Block Grant program helped make the Carroll County Youth Service Bureau building possible.

 NATIONAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WEEK

In recognition of National Community Development Week, DHCD will mark the 40th anniversary of one of the agency’s most significant tools – the federal Community Development Block Grant program.

This U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program provides for flexible funding of a wide variety of projects and activities. Its primary purpose is to benefit persons of low and moderate income. In 1987, the state took over the administration of the State and Small Cities CDBG program.

Through it, Maryland has invested $235 million of grant funds in 810 projects in smaller municipalities and rural counties. The projects have leveraged over $1 billion. CDBG also responds to natural disasters and special issues such as foreclosure prevention. In recent years DHCD has administered $30 million in disaster relief and $31 million in foreclosure relief through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

One such project was the Youth Service Bureau building in Westminster.

In 2008, DHCD awarded a CDBG grant of $650,000 for construction of the building. The county sub-granted the funding to the Carroll County Youth Services Bureau who have provided outpatient mental health services since 1972. They provide a range of services to children, adults and families who are primarily of low and moderate income.

The 20,000 square foot building was necessary due to the increase in the demand for their services. The CDBG funds were matched with a $3.9 million grant from the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. An additional $2 million was raised through a fundraising campaign.

They have served over 6,500 people at the new facility since its opening.

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Playroom in the Carroll County Youth Service Bureau building.

 


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Brentwood and Langley Park in Prince George’s County are Maryland’s Latest Sustainable Communities

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Langley Park is now one of 66 Sustainable Communities in Maryland.

Crownsville – The addition of Brentwood and Langley Park in Prince George’s County bring the number of Sustainable Communities in Maryland to 66.

Each Sustainable Community has developed, and committed to a revitalization and reinvestment plan that will support principles of sustainability.

Principles of sustainability, as defined in the 2010 Sustainable Communities Act are places where public and private investments and partnerships achieve:

  • Development of a healthy local economy;
  • Protection and appreciation of historical and cultural resources;
  • A mix of land uses;
  • Affordable and sustainable housing, and employment options;
  • Growth and development practices that protect the environment and conserve air, water and energy resources, encourage walkability and recreational opportunities, and where available, create access to transit.

Langley Park and the Town of Brentwood were approved at the Smart Growth Subcabinet meeting on March 19. Continue reading


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Maryland’s Roster of Sustainable Communities Grows to 64 as State’s Initiative to Revitalize Older Neighborhoods Continues to Spread

Greenbelt_Roosevelt-TheatreGreenbelt, MD – The historic town of Greenbelt, home to one of the few single-screen theaters left in the region, has joined the list of Sustainable Communities, part of the statewide initiative to strengthen revinvestment and revitalize Maryland’s older neighborhoods.

Governor O’Malley’s Smart Growth Subcabinet last month added nine communities to the roster, bringing the total number of Sustainable Communities to 64. Each of those communites has developed and committed to a revitalization and reinvestment plan that will support principles of sustainability.

Principles of sustainability, as defined by the 2010 Sustainable Communities Act, are places where public and private investments and partnerships achieve:

  • Development of a healthy local economy;
  • Protection and appreciation of historical and cultural resources;
  • A mix of land uses;
  • Affordable and sustainable housing, and employment options;
  • Growth and development practices that protect the environment and conserve air, water and energy resources, encourage walkability and recreational opportunities, and where available, create access to transit.

Sustainable Communities approved at the Smart Growth Subcabinet meeting on February 19, 2014 Continue reading


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Stimulating Reinvestment in Maryland’s Neighborhoods: $5.5 Million in Community Legacy Grants Announced

Community-Legacy-Awards-Two-3.11Baltimore – The renovation of an historic opera house in Havre de Grace and improvements to an 18th century inn in Princess Anne are among the projects receiving Community Legacy grants, Maryland’s initiative to stimulate reinvestment and strengthen traditional Main streets and Maple streets in towns and cities throughout the state. Click here to read the release

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown joined Secretary Skinner and Baltimore officials in the city’s fast-growing Remington neighborhood on Tuesday to announce $5.5 million in awards to 64 projects. The announcement was made at the Tire Shop,  a former light industrial building in central Baltimore City. The Central Baltimore Partnership will receive $100,000 through the Community Legacy program to fill the final gap to retrofit the building into a mixed-use building that includes a nonprofit theatre and for-profit restaurant. Remington is an area that is targeted for renewal and investment (public and private) including to repurpose buildings, renovate and upgrade homes and improve access to transportation.

Since 2007, the O’Malley-Brown administration has funded 440 such projects through the Community Legacy program, with total awards of more than $41 million, 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. Continue reading


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“Housing Maryland,” the First Comprehensive Statewide Housing Plan in Maryland History, Now Available Online

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Housing-Maryland-Cover-1.28Crownsville, MD – The first comprehensive statewide housing plan in Maryland’s history is now available online.

Housing Maryland: A Housing Policy Framework for Today and Tomorrow is the end result of a process that grew out of the recommendations of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, which was charged with working with state agencies to produce a statewide development, transportation and housing plans.

The Maryland Department of Planning worked with the commission and a diverse group of stakeholders to produce PlanMaryland, the statewide development plan.

DHCD followed a similar process to produce Housing Maryland.

The 50-page report sets forth a housing policy framework with the following policy goals: to expand choice and the supply of sustainable housing; to restore and revitalize communities across Maryland; and to stabilize families and local communities.

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