Mayor Rawlings-Blake Tears Down Blight and Celebrates the Baltimore Ravens at the Vacants to Value 'Purple Power' Demolition in Barclay
BALTIMORE, MD (FEBRUARY 1, 2013)-Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano, Telesis Corporation and community members joined together today to tear down blight in the Barclay community and to celebrate the Baltimore Ravens.
"What better way to show support for our home team than to tear down blight with the same passion the Ravens will tear through the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday," said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. "Vacants to Value has made a lot of progress in the Barclay community, and today’s demolition is a reminder to the city that we are committed to ridding our neighborhoods of blight."
The demolished properties on the 400 block of E. 20th Street were emblazoned with “Demolish 49ers” in bold graffiti art. Today’s demolition makes way for the Barclay Phase II rental community, part of a larger comprehensive revitalization plan for the Barclay/ Midway/Old Goucher (BMOG) neighborhood. The BMOG Plan includes the multi-phased redevelopment of 322 units of mixed-income housing, with market-rate and affordable homeownership and rental opportunities. The plan also includes approximately 12,000 square feet of community and retail space, an improved streetscape, a new neighborhood park and improvements to Calvert Street Park. The first phase of the redevelopment provided 92 new homes, as well as over 30 construction jobs for local residents.
"The transformation of the Barclay community over the past couple of years has just been amazing," said Commissioner Graziano "Our partnership with the Telesis Corporation and the community has created a more stable and stronger neighborhood where perspective homeowners and renters are now looking to invest."
Launched in November of 2010, Mayor Rawlings-Blake's Vacants to Value initiative seeks to encourage reinvestment in neighborhoods impacted by blighted properties by strengthening code enforcement, promoting rehabilitation, streamlining the sale of vacant city property, and providing new, targeted incentives for homebuyers and developers who invest in vacant properties.