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Lt Governor Brown, DHCD Announce 2013 Community Legacy Awards

$5.5 million in assistance awarded to 38 municipalities and organizations around Maryland

BALTIMORE, Md. (November 27, 2012) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown today announced the projects that will benefit from a total of $5.5 million in Community Legacy program awards. He was joined by Secretary Raymond A. Skinner of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the state agency which manages the program, along with local officials and several representatives of nonprofit and community development organizations around Maryland.

“These awards will go a long way to promoting economic growth, community revitalization, affordable housing and tourism,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “I salute the hard work of the recipients of this year’s awards, and their commitment to their communities, which will greatly benefit cities and towns all over our state.”

The goal of Community Legacy is to provide local governments and community development organizations with funding for essential projects aimed at strengthening communities through activities such as retaining and attracting businesses and encouraging homeownership and commercial revitalization.

This year’s grants will benefit 58 projects in 19 counties and Baltimore City. Projects include, but are not limited to, the rehabilitation of blighted commercial properties, façade improvements and streetscape upgrades. A detailed list of awards is attached. On Friday, the Lt. Governor and DHCD will hold an event in Prince George's County to highlight capital area projects receiving Community Legacy funding.

“Community Legacy is an innovative program that invests in cities and towns throughout our state,” said Secretary Skinner. “These awards help create jobs, move local economic development efforts forward and allow neighborhoods to thrive. As these communities prosper, Maryland as a whole does too.”

Today’s announcement was held in the City Arts Building, which received Community Legacy funding three years ago, and has since become an anchor for the revitalization of the surrounding neighborhood. The project was spearheaded by the Central Baltimore Partnership, which this year will receive a Community Legacy Award for a nearby project, the new Baltimore Design School. Located in the Station North Arts District, the school is a training institute for students interested in pursuing careers in the design trade. The Central Baltimore Partnership is the collective effort of neighborhood organizations, non-profits, educational institutions, private businesses and government agencies to revitalize the central Baltimore community in a way that fosters art, healthy neighborhoods and sustainable and transit-oriented development.

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Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
FY 2013 Community Legacy Program Awards

Allegany County– county total: $166,000

Awardee: City of Cumberland
Amount: $100,000
Project:19 Frederick Street
Description: Phase I of the rehabilitation of historic 19 Frederick Street will focus on repairs and upgrades meant to ensure make the building more conducive to redevelopment by providing improved accessibility..

Awardee: City of Cumberland
Amount: $16,000
Project: Residential Shade Tree Planting Program
Description: Provide locally designed tree planting outreach and free or low cost trees to home-owners.

Awardee: City of Frostburg
Amount: $50,000
Project: Façade and Restoration
Description: Façade restoration to be reimbursed to property owners performing restoration to buildings in the downtown area.

Anne Arundel County– county total: $50,000

Awardee: City of Annapolis
Amount: $50,000
Project: Bates Heritage Youth Development Park
Description: Construction of a sports complex as part of a neighborhood revitalization plan.

Baltimore City – city total: $1,455,000

Awardee:Baltimore Development Corporation
Amount: $150,000
Project: Baltimore Main Streets Design Funds
Description: Façade Improvement Grants to allow the local Main Streets to offer matching façade grants to their merchants and property owners.

Awardee:Baltimore Development Corporation
Amount: $100,000
Project: Highlandtown Streetscape Placemaking Project
Description: Develop a series of capital improvements for Highlandtown Main Street.

Awardee: Central Baltimore Partnership
Amount: $100,000
Project: Loads of Fun Improvements and Stabilization
Description: Upgrade the building to comply with current codes for existing and projected uses.

Awardee: Central Baltimore Partnership
Amount: $100,000
Project: 10 E. North Avenue
Description: Stabilize 10 E. North Avenue from further deterioration so that it may be transformed into a 66,000 square-foot multi-use arts hub.

Awardee: Central Baltimore Partnership
Amount: $100,000
Project: Baltimore Design School
Description: Complete streetscape, ornamental fencing, and high-visibility signage as part of restoration of 117,000 square-foot industrial building to house the Baltimore Design School.

Awardee: Central Baltimore Partnership
Amount: $90,000
Project: Miller’s Square
Description: Renovate 10 row homes on Remington Avenue and sell these homes for an affordable price to first time home buyers, focusing on teachers.

Awardee: Central Baltimore Partnership
Amount: $50,000
Project: East North Avenue Galleries
Description: Renovation of the facades of 5 and 29 E. North Avenue, two innovative buildings providing artist live/work space.

Awardee: Coppin Heights Community Development Corp.
Amount: $100,000
Project: Hebrew Orphan Asylum Restoration
Description: Preparation of stabilization construction documents and preliminary stabilization repairs.

Awardee: Coppin Heights Community Development Corp.
Amount: $130,000
Project: 2700 block of W. North Avenue Redevelopment
Description: Acquisition and redevelopment of 2701 - 2709 W. North Avenue for student apartments and façade improvement grants to homeowners.

Awardee: Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Inc.
Amount: $150,000
Project: Baltimore Food Enterprise Center
Description: Redevelop the blighted former Department of Transportation Lot to create facilities for food processing and distribution that provide entrepreneurship opportunities.

Awardee: Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Inc.
Amount: $35,000
Project: Eager Street Commons
Description: Creation of defensible green space, for the Eager Street Commons project, a comprehensive rehabilitation of 100 housing units.

Awardee: TRF Development Partners, Inc.
Amount: $250,000
Project: Preston Place
Description: Acquire and rehab 20 additional vacant homes.

Awardee: TRF Development Partners, Inc.
Amount: $100,000
Project: Duncan Square
Description: Build the first phase of Duncan Square, which is a priority Vacant to Value Cluster for the City of Baltimore.

CALVERT – county total: $250,000

Awardee: Town of North Beach
Amount: $250,000
Project: Municipal Parking Lot Acquisition
Description: Purchase and develop land for use as a municipal parking lot.

CAROLINE – county total: $75,000

Awardee: Town of Denton
Amount: $75,000
Project: The Pedestrian Pathways
Description: Completion of pedestrian pathways within the Fourth Street Redevelopment Project area to include pervious paving, rain water collection system and lighting.

CARROLL – county total: $50,000

Awardee: City of Westminster
Amount: $50,000
Project: Façade Improvement Program
Description: Continue successful commercial and residential Façade Improvement Program as a 1:1 matching grant.

CECIL – county total: $50,000

Awardee: Town of Perryville
Amount: $50,000
Project: Façade Improvement Program
Description: Create a Façade Improvement Program that provides matching funds to both commercial and residential property owners for building façade improvements.

DORCHESTER – county total: $225,000

Awardee: City of Cambridge
Amount: $50,000
Project: Façade Improvement Program
Description: Continues the Façade Improvement Program for commercial and residential property within the Cambridge Main Street and the Maple Street Districts.

Awardee: City of Cambridge
Amount: $75,000
Project: Dorchester Center for the Arts 2nd Floor Performance Hall
Description: Rehabilitating the second floor for a 200-250 audience performance hall and special event facility.

Awardee: City of Cambridge
Amount: $100,000
Project: Cambridge Streetscape Project
Description: Continuation of the City's comprehensive streetscape project.

FREDERICK – county total: $262,000

Awardee: Brunswick Main Street
Amount: $62,000
Project: Railroad Square Park Welcome Center
Description: Establish permanent downtown welcome center to increase tourism and visitor services, while appealing to City's rich railroading past.

Awardee: Brunswick Main Street
Amount: $50,000
Project: Main Street Façade Improvement Grant
Description: Provides for façade improvements while enticing private investment to revitalize downtown.

Awardee: Town of Emmitsburg
Amount: $50,000
Project: Façade Improvement and Restoration Program
Description: Implement a façade and exterior restoration program for commercial and residential propertieswithin the Sustainable Community Area.

Awardee: Town of Thurmont
Amount: $100,000
Project: Town Office
Description: Purchase of Historic Building for renovation into the Town Office on Main Street.

GARRETT – county total: $147,000

Awardee: Garrett Co. Community Action Committee
Amount: $97,000
Project: Deer Park Community Building Repair
Description: Repairs to an existing community/municipal facility to better serve the residents of the Town.

Awardee: Garrett Co. Community Action Committee
Amount: $25,000
Project: Oakland Streetscape
Description: Streetscape improvements, such as sidewalks, landscaping, paving, etc., to make downtown more attractive.

Awardee: Garrett Co. Community Action Committee
Amount: $25,000
Project: Fort Alice Trail Development
Description:Construction of the trail and amenities connecting the Fort Alice site to the existing Glades Town Park.

HARFORD – county total: $235,000

Awardee: Town of Bel Air
Amount: $175,000
Project: Amory Marketplace – Phase II
Description:Installation of infrastructure to a 1950's era cinderblock garages located in back of the Bel Air Armory into "Armory Marketplace"; a retail/commercial incubator.

Awardee: City of Havre de Grace
Amount: $35,000
Project: Interior Fit Out Program
Description: Interior fit out program within the Main Street District to fill a minimum of 5 long term first floor commercial vacancies.

Awardee: City of Havre de Grace
Amount: $25,000
Project: Façade Improvement Program
Description: Continuation of the Façade Improvement Program for the Main Street organization.

HOWARD – county total: $50,000

Awardee: Howard Co.-Ellicott City SC Area
Amount: $50,000
Project: Historic Downtown Façade Improvement Program
Description: Façade Improvement Program offering matching grant funds to property owners and tenants making improvements.

KENT – county total: $125,000

Awardee: Town of Chestertown
Amount: $125,000
Project: Charles Sumner Post #25
Description: Acquire, complete renovation for this nationally historic building at 206 S. Queen Street, the only remaining African American Grand Army of the Republic.

MONTGOMERY – county total: $350,000

Awardee: Montgomery County - Wheaton/Long Branch
Amount: $350,000
Project: Environmental Façade and Streetscape Enhancement
Description: Project combines façade improvements utilizing environmentally friendly materials where possible and the installation of solar-powered litter/recyclable compactors.

PRINCE GEORGE’S – county total: $1,015,000

Awardee: Town of Bladensburg
Amount: $115,000
Project: Prince George’s County Municipal Collaboration for Community
Description: Rehabilitation for low/moderate income homeowners identified through Energy Audits to ensure health and safety, energy efficiency and sustainability.

Awardee: Town of Capitol Heights
Amount:$50,000
Project: Business Improvement Project
Description: Grant program for small to mid size businesses within the Town of Capitol Heights.

Awardee: City of College Park
Amount:$75,000
Project:Commercial Tenant Improvement Program
Description: Matching grants for small new businesses to assist with the costs of leasehold improvements for retail spaces.

Awardee: Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc.
Amount:$150,000
Project:5424 Addison Rd: Model Passive House
Description: Build an ultra energy-efficient "Passive House" at the site of a once burned-out home on the highly visible Addison Road.

Awardee: Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc.
Amount:$200,000
Project: Palmer Park Acquisition and Rehab
Description: Acquire and rehab vacant homes and rehab them to a high standard and sold to low or moderate-income purchasers.

Awardee: City of Hyattsville
Amount:$350,000
Project: Downtown Public Infrastructure Project
Description: Demolition of existing blighted properties and site preparation for redevelopment of public parking facilities.

Awardee: Port Towns Community Development Corp.
Amount:$75,000
Project: Cultivating Port Towns Communities through Urban Farming
Description: Capital expansion at Edmonston Site & provide infrastructure at the Bladensburg site to support and sustain urban agriculture.

QUEEN ANNE’S – county total: $50,000

Awardee: Town of Centreville
Amount: $50,000
Project: Façade Improvement Program
Description: Program will encourage economic vitality, strengthen the downtown image, enhance downtown entries, and integrate vehicle and pedestrian activity.

SOMERSET – county total: $175,000

Awardee: City of Crisfield
Amount: $75,000
Project: Downtown Infrastructure Development
Description: Continuation of installing sidewalk, curb, gutter, and paving in the 7th, 8th, 9th, and Broadway Street areas.

Awardee Town of Princess Anne
Amount: $100,000
Project: Street Work – Various Streets
Description: Streetscape construction on 8 streets in residential neighborhoods adjacent to the downtown.

TALBOT – county total: $350,000

Awardee: Town of Easton
Amount: $350,000
Project: Eastern Shore Conservation Center
Description: Transform an abandoned 16,000 square foot historic building into a thriving hub of offices for nonprofit organizations.

WASHINGTON – county total: $150,000

Awardee: City of Hagerstown
Amount: $100,000
Project: Acquisition/Rehabilitation Project, 43-53 W. Washington Street
Description: Acquire and rehabilitate a blighted property in Downtown Hagerstown that was formerly the "100% location" for business in Hagerstown.

Awardee: City of Hagerstown
Amount: $50,000
Project: Façade Program for Mixed-Use Buildings
Description: Expand the City's existing downtown façade grant program to create a larger pool of funds for more impactful projects on mixed-use buildings.

WORCESTER – county total: $270,000

Awardee: Town of Berlin
Amount: $50,000
Project: Façade Program
Description: Continuation of the Downtown Façade Grant Program.

Awardee: Ocean City Development Corp
Amount: $50,000
Project: OCDC Façade Improvement Program
Description: To enhance the exterior of older buildings in downtown Ocean City between the Inlet and 17th Street.

Awardee: Ocean City Development Corp
Amount: $50,000
Project: OCDC Business Assistance Program
Description: To provide financial assistance to new and existing businesses to upgrade the interior of their commercial establishments.

Awardee: Ocean City Development Corp
Amount: $50,000
Project: St. Louis Avenue Street Enhancements
Description: To provide decorative street lights into this comprehensive street improvement project.

Awardee: City of Pocomoke
Amount: $10,000
Project: MarVa Theater Digital Cinema Server
Description: Install a digital cinema server which will allow the digital projector to read the hard drive the movie distributors send containing the movie.

Awardee: City of Pocomoke
Amount: $3,000
Project: Delmarva Discovery Center Back-up Generator
Description: Back-up generator for heritage center providing educational and community programs to schools, the public and visitors.

Awardee: City of Pocomoke
Amount: $7,000
Project: Sturgis African American One-Room School Museum Repairs
Description: Repairs to the back door, repair the windows, and make repairs to the south side of the building.

Awardee: Town of Snow Hill
Amount: $50,000
Project: Façade Improvement Program
Description: Provide assistance to business owners in improving the facades of their properties.

For more information:

Erlene Wilson
office: 410-514-77054
cell: 410-972-7689
wilson@mdhousing.org

Dori Berman
office: 410-260-3888
cell: 410-504-3667
dori.henry@maryland.gov

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