Mayor Pugh, Councilman Bullock, Senator Robinson Celebrate Affordable Senior, Disabled Housing Opening In Baltimore
Dignitaries, community leaders, and citizens celebrate the $10 million renovations to Baltimore’s West Side Hollins House apartments.
SILVER SPRING, MD, May 17, 2017 — Baltimore City leaders including Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, Councilman John T. Bullock (District 9), and Senator Barbara A. Robinson joined Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) today for a ribbon-cutting celebration marking the opening of Hollins House, an affordable housing community for seniors and non-elderly disabled residents in Southwest Baltimore.
“Today’s ribbon cutting celebration at the Hollins House represents a major step in the preservation of affordable housing in Baltimore,” said Mayor Pugh. “I appreciate the support of our federal and state partners, as well as our development partners at CPDC, who are helping us preserve public housing communities that serve seniors and individuals with disabilities.”
Renovations to upgrade the more than 30-year-old building’s apartment units began in January 2016, followed by an April 2016 groundbreaking ceremony. CPDC received overwhelming support from local and state officials as well as federal grant funding as part of a concerted effort to support affordable housing and community development on the West Side of Baltimore.
Hollins House marks CPDC’s first redevelopment project in the City of Baltimore, a partnership with The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC). The renovation included updating the community’s 130 apartments from public housing into project-based Section 8 rental units under HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.
In addition to completing more than $10 million in needed renovations while preserving the property’s long-term affordability, CPDC’s longtime experience in resident services and community building has helped to launch a rich health and wellness network for residents and the surrounding community.
“HABC is excited to celebrate the grand opening of the Hollins House, our second completed RAD project. [CPDC] did more than help us preserve affordable housing with this project; they set an extraordinary standard for quality and look that we are all proud of,” said Baltimore Housing Acting Commissioner Michael Braverman. “I share in Mayor Pugh’s vision that our housing agenda must include a focus on creating the conditions and opportunities that improve the quality of life for all Baltimore City residents.”
Also attending the Wednesday ribbon-cutting ceremony were U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Thomas R. Davis and representatives from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, RED Capital and Enterprise Community Investment.
“CPDC’s commitment in Baltimore extends beyond creating better living conditions,” said CPDC President & CEO Michael Pitchford. “Our community development initiatives and partnerships are connecting residents to critically-needed health and wellness services including diabetes and hypertension management programs, health fairs and free exercise programs. It is our mission to ensure each person living in CPDC communities has resources to help them grow and thrive.”
Resident programs at Hollins House include Senior Fitness Challenge, Diabetes Management, Maryland Food Bank’s monthly meals on wheels, UMB School of Nursing exercise and yoga classes, Agape Food Distribution, Mobile Optical eye examines, Hungry Harvest, Baltimore Gift Economy Food Market, Beat Gaddy Family Center support, as we well as social and mental-stimulation activities such as Bingo, Tournament of Games, Movie Night, and Tech Tuesday.
Hollins House Ribbon Cutting Celebration
WHEN: May 17, 2017
WHERE: 1010 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21223
10:30 am – Media Set Up
11:00 am – Opening remarks
12:00 pm – Interview opportunities with speakers
12:15 pm – Free lunch served for all guests
For over 25 years, Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) has served D.C., MD and VA as a leading not-for-profit real estate developer through the acquisition and redevelopment of award-winning affordable housing. We specialize in mixed-income and mixed-use developments, historic preservation, adaptive reuse and are recognized for innovative financing, green building design and public-private partnerships.
With more than 10,000 residents in over 5,000 apartment homes, CPDC is committed to the long-term success of our portfolio and our residents. We deliver innovative Community Impact Strategies (CIS) designed to help individuals and entire neighborhoods grow and thrive. CPDC is a community developer and proud member of NeighborWorks America, the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.
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