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Baltimore Housing Celebrates New Momentum in Poppleton

Development of over 100 new green homes for prospective residents solidifies renaissance.

BALTIMORE, MD. (April 12, 2012) – Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined Councilman William "Pete" Welch, Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano, residents, and community leaders for the grand opening of the new Vintage Gardens development. Located in the Poppleton community, Vintage Gardens is a development of 111 units of affordable rental housing constructed by Hampstead and the National Housing Trust Enterprise Preservation Corporation.

"Today we are celebrating a step forward that will help us better attract and retain families, and make Baltimore a better, safer, stronger—and growing city," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. "My administration is committed to promoting positive growth and change for the citizens of this great city. Vintage Gardens represents the foundation of a vibrant community that will be here long after we are gone."

Vintage Gardens is the second phase of revitalization in the Poppleton community. The project is built on the site of the former Poppleton Co-Op housing development and an additional 31 adjacent vacant parcels. The first phase of this project involved the purchase of the Poppleton Place Section 8 development by Hampstead, which had fallen into disrepair. A third and final phase of the project is planned on an adjacent parcel, where the City recently demolished 10 vacant buildings. A new 30-unit apartment building with modern amenities and handicapped accessible units will be developed on that site.

The three phases of this development project will result in the complete revitalization of a six-block area. The entire project represents the investment of over $50 million and will renovate or construct 264 units of housing and create 180 jobs.

"Vintage Gardens is a tremendous investment in the burgeoning communities west of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.," said Commissioner Graziano. "We are excited by the transformation underway and the strengthening of this great community."

The project received $1.4 million in funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Green Retrofit Program. The Green Retrofit Program was created under President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and was designed to create thousands of green jobs across the country as workers retrofit older federally assisted multi-family apartment developments with the next generation of energy efficient technologies.

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