For support of initiatives to revitalize Patterson Park Friends of Patterson Park advocates for capital improvements and develops events and programs for year-round activity in the park. By maximizing the public use and appreciation of the park, the initiatives are expected to increase the desirability of the surrounding neighborhoods, improve safety, and create a sense of stewardship of the park as a city resource.
For continued support of the facade Improvement Program coordinator's position The coordinator markets and administers a facade grant program funded by the City of Baltimore. By offering matching grants to property owners, the Partnership encourages private investment in downtown properties and businesses to improve the physical appearance and market appeal of Baltimore City's downtown. The program targets buildings that are in violation of zoning and building codes.
For partial renovation costs of 15 vacant houses for sale to low-and middle-income families, and for the purchase of a pickup truck to facilitate construction.
Toward expenses of the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, which will help fund the collaborative effort to strengthen participating Baltimore neighborhoods. Expenses funded include salary for a marketing coordinator to promote neighborhood reinvestment and to match homeowners and homebuyers to home improvement financing opportunities.
For expenses related to workshops designed to encourage the use of historic rehabilitation tax credit incentives in Baltimore City's historic districts.
For an evaluation of the Department of Recreation and Parks Aquatics Division's management of Baltimore City swimming pools.
For administrative expenses of Maglev-Maryland, a program to support the development of a magnetic levitation high-speed train. When fully operational, the train will reduce travel time between Baltimore and Washington to less than 20 minutes.
Second-year funding for the Neighborhood Conservation Program, a community conservation initiative in the outer-ring neighborhoods such as Ashburton, Forest Park, Lauraville and Windsor Hills. The purpose of the project is to identify vacant properties within highly marketable neighborhoods and to determine whether current owners intend to reinvest, whether the properties are suitable for acquisition and rehabilitation, and whether abandoned properties should be demolished.