State Center Matters!

state centerSeton Hill – let’s get the word out that State Center Matters!

Last Monday, the State Center Neighborhood Alliance met for their monthly meeting regarding the development of the State Center.  For those of you unfamiliar with this project, the innovative redevelopment of State Center will provide jobs, homes, retail, an increased tax base, and community improvements to a long neglected area of the City just north of our neighborhood.   Your representatives in the Seton Hill Association have been involved in the planning of this project for over 8 years.

Next Tuesday, 9 December, the Senate Budget & Tax Committee is holding a briefing in Annapolis on State Center.  As many of you probably read in the Baltimore Sun (3 December), there are threats to the future of the State Center project.

Please sign the following petition, and tell all your friends and neighbors.  Your help in getting the word out to our elected officials is vital to ensuring the health of this project, and the future vitality of our neighborhood.



Dec 17, 2014 — There are two updates:
1. Please vote NO in this Business Journal poll and forward accordingly:

2. The State Center project won’t go before the Board of Public Works this Wednesday (today), due to concerns about the cost (a one budget line item relative to the underground parking garage). The only other Board of Public Works meeting while O’Malley is in office is 7 January.

Bottom line: We need to keep up the pressure. Here’s how to do it:

Contact Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp. Treasurer Kopp has been supportive of the State Center project in the past. There is pressure on her now to not permit an item re State Center to be on the next Board of Public Works agenda (on Jan 7) and, if it is on the agenda, to vote against the item. This item is a modest change to one budget line item relative to the underground parking garage.

Please contact Treasurer Kopp with the following message:
Treasurer Kopp, thank you for your past support of the State Center redevelopment. This project was proposed under the Ehrlich administration and strongly supported under the O’Malley administration. The innovative redevelopment of State Center will provide jobs, homes, retail, an increased tax base, and community improvements to a long neglected area of the City that is ready for change.

Please – we need you to not only allow this agenda item to come to vote on 7 January, but we need you to continue to support it as well.

The Honorable Nancy Kopp
State of Maryland Treasurer
Goldstein Treasury Building
80 Calvert St, Annapolis, MD 21401;
PHONE: 800-974-0468


General News:

Holiday Events Around Baltimore

2013 Monument Lighting

Hey, Seton Hill!

Check out all the events that are happening around Baltimore this month.  As we are ideally located in the heart of the city, we’re nearby to all of these events!  Enjoy!

12/1-12/24: German Christmas Village at West Shore Park

12/1-1/2: Miracle on 34th Street Christmas Light display in Hampden.

Thu. December 4thMonument Lighting and Festival in Mount Vernon.

Sat. December 6thFells Point Old Tyme Christmas Festival & Boat Parade

Sat. December 6th: Songs of Advent and Christmas @ St. Mary’s Historic Site

12/6-1/4: It’s a Wonderful Life Holiday Show at the Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Garden.

Sun. December 7thMayor’s Christmas Parade in Hampden.

Sun. December 7thChanukah Family Concert @ the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

Fri. December 12thMoonlight Madness and Tree Lighting in Federal Hill

Sun. December 21st: Last Farmer’s Market and Bazaar until next Spring.

Thanksgiving Fresh Harvest

On 22 November, from 12-3, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Thanksgiving Fresh Harvest will be held at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market (Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday & Saratoga Streets)

On site registration is required.  One bag of food per registrant.  One registrant per family.

Food is provided by the Maryland Food Bank.

Thanksgiving Fresh Harvest