What do we want to achieve?

In addition to bringing the community together to create broad based consensus and an implementation strategy for Market Center, we want to:

  1. Create a simple, convincing and comprehensive vision that gives Market Center a clear definition as a destination
  2. Make Market Center eligible for Baltimore Regional Neighborhoods Initiative (BRNI) funds through the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD). BRNI is a significant source of capital and operating funds only available to communities with an approved Strategic Revitalization Plan.  Once DHCD approves the Strategic Revitalization Plan, nonprofits working in Market Center are eligible to apply for funds for projects that are consistent with the SRP. DHCD requires BRNI plans to cover housing, economy, transportation, environment, quality of life, and community engagement, and to follow a standard format.
  3. Get the Baltimore City Planning Commission to formally recognize the plan, which means that the Planning Commission recognizes and supports the goals, direction and major concepts expressed by the plan; can look to the plan for general policy guidance and input into the City’s larger comprehensive planning process; can recommend public funding, land disposition, rezoning, or other staff resources necessary to carry out recommendations in the plan; and can encourage other City agencies to use the plan in a similar fashion. In its January 11, 2018, Policy for Planning Commission Recognition of Plans (https://pc.baltimorecity.gov/january-11-2018), the Planning Commission established guidelines for community-managed plans to follow to be eligible for formal recognition.