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WALTHERSON IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION MONTHLY MEETING When: June 1st, 2011 @ 7:45 PM Where: Harbel 5807 Harford Rd

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June 2011

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 1st at 7:45 PM at Harbel. We will have a speaker out to discuss a proposal for a community center by Mount Zion Church at Ailsa Ave and Walther Ave along the 4900 block of Walther Ave. In our past meeting Homes for America had a presentation about a proposed project at St. Anthony’s church on Frankford Ave. Homes for America have asked for letters of support regarding the proposed project. The membership will have an opportunity to call for a vote on this matter if they so choose; if no vote is called for no action will be taken from Waltherson.

President’s Letter Happy June Waltherson! Last month we had a discussion about a project at St. Anthony’s Church on Frankford Ave just east of our neighborhood. There were a lot of good questions and discussion and I’ve included a brief recap later in the newsletter for those who couldn’t attend. Additionally, you will see a new section below from City Council President Jack Young’s office containing an overview of legislation and programs going on in the city council. As mentioned above we have been contacted by Zion Baptist Church about the possibility of building a community center in our neighborhood. They are currently in conceptual phase and are looking into the possibility of the project. Also, a friendly reminder that is NO JULY Waltherson meeting. Rob Walshe


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Gardenville Business Association Meet & Greet
You are invited to attend the GBRBA's Community Social. Refreshments will be provided as well as information about GBRBA, such as their mission and goals for the Belair Road Corridor. When & Where: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 @ 7p M&T Bank 5225 Belair Road

A Call for Artists
There are several exciting art-related projects coming up in our neighborhood. If you are interested in taking part in any of these projects, please contact me by email and I will add you to a list to keep you informed. The best email to use is 1. Street murals - #1 Sunflower with compass - This mural is to be painted on Sunday, June 5th during the next Indie 900' Downhill Derby. The mural will be painted in the intersection of Hamilton Avenue & Harford Road. The derby will run from 9-3. The mural painting will start no later than 8am (hopefully sooner). 2. Street murals - #2 Market fruits & veggies - will be painted during the Lauraville Business Association's Block Party on Sunday, June 26th. This mural will be painted inside the crosswalk from Safeway's parking entrance across Harford Road to Montebello Terrace. 3. Open Studio Tour - On Wednesday evening, many local artists met with representatives of BOPA to discuss new plans for the Open Studio Tour on October 22 & 23 from 10am-6pm each day. New this year: Open Studio Tour Community Spotlight - Hamilton-Lauraville!! An opening gallery reception will be planned on Harford Road in the Main Street area. If you would like more information on the Open Studio Tour, check this website for detail: or If you want to be involved in making this project really successful, please email me with a subject line of "Open Studio." As information becomes more available, it will be posted on the HLMS website, blog & Facebook.


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St. Anthony Housing Presentation (May meeting summary)
Below are some items taken from the powerpoint presentation by Homes for America and Orchard Development.  There are 18,826 households located in the four census tracts surrounding St. Anthony of Padua.  The 2010 estimated median annual income in these four tracts is $64,770.  There are approximately 2,550 individuals below the Poverty Line.  We believe there is a strong demand for housing in these four census tracts Proposal: The community will be a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments in the existing building, ranging in size from approximately 650 to 1,200 square feet. There will be several handicapped accessible apartments and the building will be accessible to persons with physical disabilities. Common space will be incorporated into the community, including a meeting room for residents, a computer, a library/lounge and office space for the property management staff. Substantial landscaping will be completed around the building, including an outdoor courtyard accessible to all residents. The Property will have a full time on site Property Manager and property dedicated maintenance staff Proposed Rents: The apartments will be restricted to households earning between less than 30% and
60% of area median income or $24,660 to $49,320. The rents will established at a range affordable to the residents. It is estimated that rents will range from $560 - $700 for a one bedroom, $670 - $830 for a two bedroom and $770 - $970 for a three bedroom. They mentioned in the presentation that residents would have to undergo a background and credit check before being accepted. Schedule:  Submit a funding application to City of Baltimore in July 2011 and the State of Maryland in September 2011.  Construction Begins Fall 2012  Construction Completion Fall 2013  Property Fully Occupied Winter 2013 Contact info:  For additional information from Orchard Development Corporation, please contact Scott Armiger at 410-964-2334 or e-mail Scott at  For additional information from Homes for America contact Kathy Ebner at 410-269-1222 or e-mail Kathy at Visit our websites at and


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Concept Drawings:

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Concept Drawing

Existing lot

Question / Answer:
Why is this not being targeted towards low income senior housing like St. Dominick's? Their studies didn't show demand for that. What affect will it have on property values? They said that it all depends on the owner (of the low income housing). They cited studies linked below in their argument that it would be a positive effect. The article on LIHTC properties in particular is here: and the very recent one on apartments in general built near single-family housing is here: 212&user_id=outlook What kind of security would be present? While there would be a full time property manager on site, they do not anticipate the need for onsite security in this area but they do have it in other areas of the city and would provide it if needed to protect their residents.


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 Local Hiring Preference Programs: Council bill 11-0287R would examine the impact of local hiring initiatives nationwide, forecast any employment benefits for city residents and analyze the legal restrictions surrounding local hiring programs. Nationwide, many recession-battered municipalities are turning to local hiring preference programs to increase employment, and Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young will soon hold a hearing to explore this issue. “Maintaining a persistently high unemployment rate is not acceptable,” Council President Young said. “We need to come together, explore the benefits and hurdles associated with local hiring preference programs, and come up with a legal way to put city residents to work on projects that involve their neighborhoods and communities.”  Baltimore City Celebration of Negro League Baseball Day: Council bill 11-0286R was introduced by Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and adopted by the council on May 9 and recognizes and celebrates the role athletics has played in breaking down racial barriers in Baltimore’s past and shaping its future. Negro League Baseball day will fall annually on the second Saturday in May and will coincide with the Maryland Negro League Baseball Day. A national Negro League Day is also held annually on May 20. “Celebrating the courage, commitment, and steadfast spirit that drove these Negro League players to seek excellence in the face of overwhelming odds sends a message to Baltimore’s youth that if they stay on a positive course, success is within their reach,” Council President Young said.  City Mowing Service Improvements: Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young worked with Councilman William H. Cole III (11th District) on council bill 11-0285R, which calls for the establishment of a city bureau that will be solely responsible for mowing all cityowned lots and green spaces. Presently, there are several agencies responsible for mowing on city-owned lots and parcels, and the bill aims to streamline the service and make city government more efficient.


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 Charm City Talent: This citywide talent competition for students ages 5 to 17 created by Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and produced by the Citizens Planning and Housing Association (CPHA), is looking for city students who can rap, sing or play an instrument. Beginning on May 9, 2011, seven city recreation centers hosted Charm City Talent auditions. Students can compete as singers, rappers or musicians. A panel of talent experts will select one finalist from each site, and the seven finalists will compete for the Charm City Talent crown during the finale on July 14, 2011. The winner of the competition will receive an artist development package including a professional photo shoot and a recorded demo CD courtesy of Task Force Marketing, the opportunity to perform in a concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and a gift card courtesy of urban fashion retailer DTLR. For more information and the audition dates, visit

 Southeast Meet & Greet: Join Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young at Captain James Landing (2127 Boston Street) in Canton on Thursday, May 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to discuss issues that impact your neighborhood. RSVPs encouraged: 410-3964699 or  Taxpayers’ Night: This is your chance to speak out about the City’s budget. Come testify before the City Council at the War Memorial Building (101 N. Gay Street) on Wednesday, May 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. To get weekly updates from the Council President’s office, sign up to receive Jack’s Journal at Follow Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young on Facebook at or Twitter at


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