Maryland to invest $ 63 million in community and economic development

Governor Larry Hogan on Friday announced $ 63 million in awards for Maryland’s revitalization programs.

Governor Larry Hogan on Friday announced $ 63 million in rewards for Maryland’s revitalization programs, according to a state government press release.

The funds will be distributed to 214 projects and activities focused on community and economic development, including development efforts in Lexington Market, Cambridge Waterfront and affordable housing in downtown Frederick.

“These projects and initiatives support responsible redevelopment that relies on local partnerships,” Hogan said in a press release. “Our state revitalization programs are stimulating economic growth in Maryland’s diverse and vibrant communities, attracting additional public, private and non-profit investments while improving the quality of life for residents.”

Funded revitalization programs develop the community in a number of ways, such as expanding and maintaining businesses, improving streets, and creating incentives for housing rehabilitation.

All 23 counties and the city of Baltimore have received grants under one or more of six programs selected for the awards, according to a press release.

Strategic Demolition Fund

The statewide program has received more than $ 9 million for 27 projects designed to create jobs. The press release lists some of the funded programs:

  • Demolition of Dorchester County Hospital, Governor’s Hall and ancillary properties to clear a site for the redevelopment of the mixed-use waterfront in Cambridge
  • Historic African American Church opens to create Mountain Lake Park Bethel Education Center which will highlight historic contributions made by African Americans to Garrett County
  • Rehabilitate vacant properties in Indian Head to create the Maryland Technology Center

CORE of the project

The initiative supports green spaces, affordable and mixed-use housing and businesses in the city of Baltimore. It received $ 18.4 million for 15 projects, including:

  • Make a place to connect Penn Station to the University of Baltimore
  • Continuation of the transformation plan of Perkins Somerset Oldtown
  • Burn elimination

Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative

More than $ 12.3 million has been awarded to redevelopment efforts in Baltimore Beltway communities. The 70 projects include:

  • Redevelopment of historic Lexington Market
  • Renovation of St. Rita School into affordable apartments and community center in downtown Dundalk
  • Neighborhood cleaning

National Capital Strategic Economic Development Fund

Similar to the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative, this fund focuses on communities around the Capital Beltway. The 28 projects receiving $ 7.2 million in funding include:

  • Creation of a leisure center at Takoma Park
  • Demolition of dilapidated properties surrounding DeMatha High School to make way for a community service facility
  • Conversion of vacant self-service laundromat in Suitland to restaurant and retail location

Community heritage

The projects are designed to build sustainable communities. The 56 projects received $ 5.5 million and include:

  • Revitalize a park in Annapolis to provide underserved residents with access to water
  • Creating Affordable Housing in Historic Downtown Frederick
  • Build a university center for youth programs and employment services

Anchor Institution Fund for Community Development Seed

The final program to be funded focuses on improving higher education institutions and hospitals. Some of the 18 projects that received $ 10 million include:

  • Build a facility that offers mental and emotional health services
  • Creation of a grocery store by Horizon Goodwill Industries in the Jonathan Street neighborhood of Hagerstown, an area the press release defines as a food desert
  • Revitalization of the Allegany College of Maryland theater

For more information on the winners, go online to see the full price list.

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