The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) revitalization grant programs, specifically the Community Legacy and Project C.O.R.E. programs, continue to help fund large-scale development projects in Downtown Baltimore.
Both Community Legacy and Project C.O.R.E. are flexible programs that can be used for a variety of community development purposes.
According to DHCD’s eligibility description, Community Legacy projects/activities typically include:
Project C.O.R.E. similarly seeks to redevelop communities; however, there is a focus on redeveloping entire dilapidated buildings. Funding for this program typically goes to demolishing or gutting blighted properties.
DHCD’s revitalization programs – and in particular Community Legacy (CL) and Project C.O.R.E. – are two of our best tools for addressing blight in Downtown Baltimore. To rehabilitate dilapidated buildings Downtown, developers frequently require some public financing beyond what traditional lenders provide. DHCD’s programs provide some of the best chances to acquire this public funding because:
By law, for-profit companies must partner with community-based nonprofit organizations to apply for State Revitalization Program funding. For each project, DPOB develops the application (with partner support), receives state funds if the application is successful, and administers funding to the private developer in accordance with the grant agreement. For this role, partners agree to pay DPOB a 10% administration fee if the grant is funded.
Among leading economic development agencies Downtown and in Baltimore overall, DPOB is best positioned to be developers’ nonprofit partners on these applications. Baltimore Development Corporation leaders have decided they will not partner with any company for this program; that leaves just DPOB and the Market Center Community Development Corporation (MCCDC) as remaining economic development nonprofits with a Downtown focus. Since MCCDC has a small geographic focus and limited staff time, DPOB is left as many applicants’ best local resource.
Each application will require approximately 10 hours of Economic Development staff time.
Below is a list of projects Downtown Partnership has successfully received revitalization funds to support in recent years.
FUNDED – FY22 Community Legacy
In partnership with Landmark Partners, DPOB applied for $500,000 in FY21 to support the redevelopment of 17-23 S Gay Street into a mixed-use project with 2 retail spaces and 66 affordable apartments that are reserved for Baltimore’s first responders. The application was rejected in FY21, but supported in FY22 upon resubmission with a new request for $1M in support of the project.
FUNDED – FY21 & FY18 Community Legacy
DPOB applied for $100,000 to continue the successful Facade Improvement Program, which ran out of funds from our FY18 Community Legacy award.
FUNDED – FY17 Project C.O.R.E.
Downtown Partnership successfully applied for $500,000 in Project C.O.R.E. funding to support the renovation and expansion of Current Space gallery in the Bromo Arts District.
FUNDED – FY17 Project C.O.R.E.
Downtown Partnership successfully applied for $300,000 in Project C.O.R.E. funding to support the development of Le Mondo, a performing arts and gallery space in the Bromo Arts District.