What Do You Think of the South Baltimore Master Plan?

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A draft of the city’s South Baltimore Gateway Master Plan was released August 17, kicking off a 30-day public review period. The draft is nearly 200 pages long (though some of those pages are taken up by photographs), so if you want to register your opinion, get crackin’!

The master plan covers a cluster of neighborhoods including Pigtown, Ridgely’s Delight, Federal Hill, Cherry Hill, and Lakeland. It was developed to guide the spending of local impact grant money from Horseshoe casino, Baltimore Business Journal reports.

Its goals are various and organized under six headings:

+ Housing and Land Use — “To improve the quality of neighborhood amenities and infrastructure that will help make individual vacant and underutilized parcels more marketable for future development. At the same time, pursue opportunities for larger-scale redevelopment initiatives.”

+ Education, Workforce and Economic Development — “To find education, workforce and economic development solutions that better connect area citizens from all neighborhoods and backgrounds to existing and future opportunities to grow personal and community wealth…”

+ Health, Human Services, Art, History and Culture — “To create complete and self-determining communities with identifiable centers that provide all essential health, recreational, historical and cultural services…”

+ Parks, Environment and Sustainability — “To promote green, healthy and sustainable neighborhoods with tree-lined streets and trails, great parks and open spaces, and a clean and accessible Middle Branch…”

+ Public Safety, Sanitation and Code Enforcement — “To ensure that safety and cleanliness are interwoven. … Residents, businesses, and City agencies must work together to coordinate addressing vacancies, sanitation problems, and public safety concerns.”

+ Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy — “To improve transportation access throughout the Master Plan area, create a sustainable comprehensive multimodal strategy, and improve water and wastewater and other subsurface infrastructure throughout the Master Plan area. To create a sustainable and environmentally healthy community.”

BBJ also points out that the master plan covers Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s 130-acre Port Covington development project.

So, read the master plan, and then tell the city what you think!


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