Hogan Administration Awards Over $18 Million in Neighborhood Revitalization Funds in Maryland
Three programs provide support for 116 projects in 21 jurisdictions
ANNAPOLIS, MD — Governor Larry Hogan today announced over $18 million in Fiscal Year 2018 neighborhood revitalization program awards. Grants from the Community Legacy program, the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative, and the Strategic Demolition Fund will support 116 projects in 21 jurisdictions across Maryland. All three revitalization programs are managed by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and support business expansion and retention; streetscape improvements; homeownership and home rehabilitation incentives; commercial improvement programs; mixed-use development, and strategic demolition.
”These investments will help revitalize cities and towns across Maryland, leading to an increase in economic development and more jobs for Marylanders,” said Governor Hogan. ”The awards will help local communities achieve their unique redevelopment goals and improve the quality of life for our citizens.”
Considered one of the state’s most flexible revitalization programs, Community Legacy awarded $5.55 million to 56 projects in designated Sustainable Communities throughout Maryland. Among others, these included repairs to the historic Cumberland Theatre in Allegany County, facade improvements to renovate and beautify the exteriors of properties on Smith Island in Somerset County, streetscape and sidewalk improvements in the Town of Chesapeake City in Cecil County, and a ”Clean and Green” initiative in the Prince George’s County towns of Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, and Edmonston.
The Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative awarded $8.75 million to 45 projects in Sustainable Community Areas in Baltimore City, including the inner beltway regions of Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties. Projects include residential property rehabilitation for residents of the Brooklyn Heights and Arundel Village neighborhoods of Anne Arundel County, rehabilitation of a 168 year-old, artist-owned warehouse within Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District that provides studio and exhibition space, assisting homebuyers in the Dundalk community of Baltimore County, and supporting the construction of a multipurpose athletic field in the Farring Baybrook Park which serves the three neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Curtis Bay in south Baltimore and Brooklyn Park in Anne Arundel County.
In Fiscal Year 2018, the Strategic Demolition Fund awarded $3.85 million to 15 projects, including development of a community center in the Town of North Beach in Calvert County, refurbishing the parking lot of Waugh Chapel in the City of Cambridge in Dorchester County, and property acquisition and site development for the planned relocation of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park Headquarters to the Town of Williamsport in Washington County.
”With flexible programs and the technical expertise of our staff, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development improves the economic vitality and livability of Maryland’s neighborhoods,” said Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. ”We will continue to work with local governments, nonprofits, and other partners to create thriving, attractive communities in every corner of our great state.”
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