Helping Make The City More Attractive, Safe And Vibrant
Central Baltimore Partnership
Ursula V. Battle | 2/8/2019, 6 a.m.
“We also have spruce-up funds, which provides money to community groups to develop vacant lots. That program is being replicated in six different parts of the city. It turns blight into real neighborhood treasures.”
Janes also noted The Made in Baltimore Pop-Up Shop, which aims to spur re-investment in Baltimore City by growing the market for locally produced goods and supporting over 50 local makers and manufacturers.
CBP has also established The Neil Muldrow Business Development Fund. The Fund aims to support small businesses who expand or locate in Central Baltimore. The Fund is especially targeted towards those who re-develop long-vacant properties requiring significant new investment. Muldrow, who worked for The Baltimore Times, served as a CBP Board Member up until his death last October. The Fund will help preserve Muldrow’s rich legacy of supporting minority-owned businesses.
“Given Neal’s concern about minority businesses, he was especially concerned about the Charles Street corridor,” said Janes. “We have addressed that concern. At Neal’s urging, my staff helped to create the North of North Business Association, which is starting to take hold. That is the area between North Avenue and 25th street. Just like Neal, we want to share our thinking and relationships.
“Central Baltimore Partnership is connecting the small pieces, which includes making our bus stops, gathering places, parking, and streets more inviting. These activities will complement the Fund. We try to pull all the pieces together to make a healthier community. The most effective way to make our area safer, is to attract more people to come.”
For more information about CBP, visit: www.centralbaltimore.org or call 410-244-1775.