Friday, March 8, 2013
The commercial district’s new master plan hopes to change the district’s perception.
Tripp Muldrow doesn’t think Waverly Main Street should try to be something that it’s not. While so many neighborhoods and cities are striving to be "precious" and "cute," that’s not the direction Muldrow, a planner from Arnett Muldrow & Associates, believes the district needs to go. "Well Greenmount Avenue really is not 'precious' and 'cute' and 'adorable.' It’s real. And that’s part of what we want to do. There’s something about being 'real.' Don’t fool me. Give me something real,” Muldrow said. On Thursday night a team from Mahan Rykiel Associates presented a master plan it has developed with the community intended to help the business district improve its brand and perception. The master plan, which is scheduled to be made available to …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The group wants public input as it develops its new master plan for the commercial district.
Waverly Main Street wants to change the perception of the commercial district. Although its home to popular businesses—such as Darker Than Blue Café, Pete’s Grille and nearby 32nd Street Farmer’s Market—some high profile violent crimes have hurt the area’s reputation, said Jermaine Johnson, Waverly Main Street director. "For us it’s something we think about all the time is 'How do we dismantle [the negative] perception?'" Johnson said. Starting next week the organization will continue taking steps to do just that by meeting with the community to develop a master plan for the district. There will be two public sessions held at Grace Restoration Life Church, 428 Merryman Lane, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. The first session …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Homewood Community Partners Initiative will steer the investments.
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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Johns Hopkins University announced Thursday that it is committing $10 million during the next five years to make improvements in the North Baltimore communities surrounding its Homewood Campus. The funds will be invested through a group of nonprofits, community associations and businesses called the Homewood Community Partners Initiative. "One thing that I think is worth underscoring, and what I think really denotes what is very special about this particular initiative is its comprehensiveness,” university President Ronald J. Daniels said during a news conference. “That is to say that what we’re thinking about is everything from thinking about incentives for improvement of housing, more lively retail and commercial corridor to improvement …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Jermaine Johnson will be taking over an organization with an increasing profile.
Jermaine Johnson is stepping down as Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke’s director of legislation, and has been named Waverly Main Street's new director. Johnson, a resident of Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello, previously worked for the Greater Homewood Community Corporation before joining Clarke’s staff two years ago, according to an email from Clarke's office announcing the departure. He will take over an organization that has seen its responsibilities and profile increase in recent months. Waverly Main Street recently took over responsibility for representing the interests of businesses along Greenmount Avenue on the Charles Village Community Benefits District's board, after the Waverly Merchants Association disbanded. The organization is also…
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Waverly Main Street will now appoint two members to the Charles Village Community Benefits District board.
A bill allowing the Waverly Main Street to appoint members of to the Charles Village Community Benefits District board was passed by the City Council, despite the objections of a council member who represents the area. Previously the Waverly Merchants Association appointed two members to the benefits district board, but that group is now defunct. As the association wrapped up its affairs, it jointly appointed two members currently sitting on the board with Waverly Main Street. From here on out, the main street association will have the responsibility to appoint members. Last week, when the council voted to move the bill onto a final vote, Councilman Carl Stokes, who represents parts of Charles Village and Remington, spoke out against the …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Some business owners on Greenmount Avenue say they aren’t getting their money’s worth from the Charles Village Community Benefits District.
Some business owners along Greenmount Avenue say they are tired of paying a surtax for increased clean-up and security and not getting those services from the Charles Village Community Benefits District. Casey Jenkins, owner and chef at Darker Than Blue Café, has been vocal about his disappointment about the crime and grime along Greenmount Avenue. The situation has worsened to the point that Jenkins said he is considering moving his acclaimed restaurant. But Jenkins hasn’t given up hope of finding solutions to the issues along Greenmount. He just no longer believes the benefits district —which charges 12 cents per $100 of assessed value to property owners in the Charles Village area for security and sanitation services—can provide enough…