New Small Business Incubator Coming to Mt. Vernon in July

Mount Vernon is getting a new small business incubator courtesy of Phil Han, owner of Doody’s Coffee!

The owner of Dooby’s Coffee in Mount Vernon is adding a new neighbor that he hopes will grow small businesses.

In mid-July, Phil Han is opening the Hatch, an incubator for small businesses and artisans who wish to showcase their work to the Baltimore community. The space will feature exhibits and retail pop-up shops. The Hatch will also offer hands-on support to budding entrepreneurs who need help with accounting, licensing and other aspects of running a business

Read the full article from Bmore Media here.

Extended Summer Hours At Three Drop-Off Centers

Extended summer hours at three of the City’s Citizens’ Convenience Centers will be in effect this summer. Baltimore residents can drop-off residential waste, bulk trash, recycling and eCycling at these three Bureau of Solid Waste Centers, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

These hours will remain in effect through Saturday, August 31, 2013.
Extended summer hours will be in effect at:

  • Western Citizens’ Convenience Center – 701 Reedbird Avenue.
  • Eastern Citizens’ Convenience Center – 6101 Bowleys Lane.
  • Northwest Citizens’ Convenience Center – 2840 Sisson Street.

For additional information on drop-off locations, permitted items and regulations, please go to www.baltimorecity.gov.

Important Notice: Midtown Board Meeting Schedule Change For July 2013

midtowngmailPlease note: July’s scheduled board meeting for Midtown Community Benefits District on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 has been rescheduled. The new date has been set for August 7, 2013.

Board meetings are open to the public and generally occur on the first Wednesday every month. For a full list of board meeting dates as well as other events in the Midtown area, please visit our calendar of events.

New 86-Unit Apartment Complex Planned For Station North

A new housing option is coming to Station North. The neighborhood, known for its arts and entertainment events, will receive a new 86-unit apartment complex on Lanvale Street courtesy of the developer behind Milk & Honey Market and the new Chesapeake restaurant.

Read the full article below!

Ernst Valery says he expects to select an architect by July for the market-rate studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Construction on the yet-to-be named building in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District will begin a year from now and wrap up by summer of 2015. Valery says he hasn’t yet determined apartment rates.

The apartment building is the latest project in a neighborhood that is attracting more interest among city officials, developers and universities. A developer hired by Amtrak has proposed shops, housing and offices around Penn Station. Johns Hopkins University is moving some of its arts programs to the neighborhood and the Maryland Institute College of Art has purchased two buildings in the area.

But the neighborhood could use more housing, Valery says.

“Its a step toward making the neighborhood really great and realizing its full potential,” Valery says of his project.

Valery says he is now securing financing for the apartments and declined to provide details until the plans are finalized.

Station North’s Milk & Honey Market and the new Chesapeake Restaurant will open in two to three weeks, Valery says. It will be the city’s second Milk & Honey. The other one is located in Mount Vernon. Chesapeake, which will focus on regional cuisine, bears the same name as the restaurant that shuttered a quarter century ago. The property has since been vacant.

Writer: Julekha Dash
Source: Ernst Valery

MICA, Johns Hopkins Film Program Part of $18M Station North Redevelopment

10-east-north-avenue-jubilee-baltimore-station-north-ext-600Great things are happening for Station North! Take a look at the latest news:

Station North is one step closer to getting two new restaurants, an artist incubator and a home for a new film program between the Maryland Institute College of Art and Johns Hopkins — all under one roof.

The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development granted Jubilee Baltimore $250,000 toward its redevelopment of 10 E. North Ave. The 65,000-square-foot site is the burgeoning neighborhood’s largest vacant building.

The $18 million project, expected to create 150 construction jobs and 175 permanent positions, is slated to be complete by 2015. Construction could begin as soon as late 2013.

Read the full article on the BBJ.

Also see: Baltimore arts districts win $200K to add European flair to public transit

“House of Cards” Filming Schedule Street Closures

The Netflix series “House of Cards” is filming in the Midtown area! The production work will prompt street closures on June 7, 2013. For more information, read the full notice from the production company below:

Dear Businesses and Neighbors,

On Friday – May 7th, 2013 Knight Takes King Productions, LLC will be filming scenes for a new Netflix series entitled House Of Cards in your neighborhood.

We will begin our work at approximately 10:00 AM and finish at about 6:30 PM. We will be filming at The Belvedere at 1 E Chase St.

In order to clear the streets for camera and other equipment necessary for filming, the City will post “No Parking” signs on the streets as follows:

  • ***No Parking on BOTH SIDES of CHASE ST from CHARLES ST to MARYLAND AVE
  • ***No Parking on the EAST SIDE of CHARLES ST from CHASE ST to BIDDLE ST
  • ***No Parking on the SOUTH SIDE of BIDDLE ST from CHARLES ST to ST PAUL ST

We thank you in advance for your kind cooperation and appreciate the opportunity to film in your neighborhood. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us. We are working with the cooperation of the Baltimore Film Office (410-752-8632) and the Maryland Film Office (410-767-6343).

Thank you in advance,

Eric Bannat
House Of Cards Locations Team
410-271-3013
eblocations@gmail.com

What’s Happening in Midtown?!: June 2013 Events

Looking for something to do around Midtown this month? Here’s some must-attend events for June 2013!

  • Jun 5 – Jun 16: The Raisin Cycle: Beneatha’s Place & Clybourne Park @ CenterStage
  • Jun 5  – Jun 13: New Eyes on America: Student Response @ The Walters Art Museum
  • Jun 6 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm: First Thursdays Concerts in the Park @ West Mt. Vernon Park
  • Jun 8 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm: City Paper’s Food Truck Rally
  • Jun 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm: WTMD 10th Anniversary Concert with David Byrne and St. Vincent @ Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
  • Jun 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Midtown Public Safety Committee @ Midtown Offices

For more events, visit our calendar of events page!

June 11 C.H.A.P. Agenda will feature two Midtown Projects

C. H. A. P. Agenda
June 11, 2013
Regular Session
8th floor of 417 East Fayette Street

Monumental Lodge No. 3, Improved Benevolent Protective Order of
Elks of the World – 1528 Madison Ave.
Plan: Designate as a Baltimore City Landmark.
Order of Elks, Owner.
Lauren Schiszik, Staff Presenter.

The Washington Monument-600 block North Charles Street-Mount Vernon Place (Baltimore City and National Historic Landmark, Mount Vernon Historic District)
Plan: Concept approval of Washington monument restoration.
City of Baltimore, Owner.
Lance Humphries, Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, Applicant.
CVM Engineers, Lead Architect. Lewis Contractors, Construction Managers.
Eric Holcomb, Staff Presenter.

  • Please note that part of the meeting for the briefing session may be closed, as per provisions of the Open Meetings Act.

Upcoming Street Closures on Charles Street

Heads up! On or about Monday, June 10, Northbound Charles Street will be closed between 33rd and 34th Streets. Read below for the alert from the City:

Weather and unforeseen conditions can always delay the work. This closure is being implemented to begin the installation of the public art plaza between 33rd and 34th Streets and will remain for the duration of the project. Vehicles traveling northbound on Charles Street will continue to be diverted at 28th Street to continue north on Calvert Street; southbound travelers will continue to use St. Paul Street. Local traffic proceeding north on Charles Street past 28th Street will have to turn left or right at 33rd street. Traffic turning right will proceed eastbound on 33rd street to Calvert Street to continue to follow the signed detour. Traffic turning left will proceed westbound on 33rd Street to Art Museum Drive.

East-west Streets will continue to remain open throughout the project (including the connection between Art Museum Drive and 33rd Street), except for periodic weekend closures on Charles Street between 25th and 28th Streets.

If you have any questions or concerns during the project please contact Mary Colleen Buettner at 443-984-4095 or at Mary.buettner@baltimorecity.gov. You can also check www.charlesstreetreconstruction.com for the most up to date information.

Smartphone Safety Tips

smartphonetheftSmartphone thefts are on the rise. With the recent report of a MTA light rail rider being robbed of his laptop and iPhone at knifepoint in the Midtown area, we’d like to remind Midtown residences of some important safety tips regarding your smartphones.

Tip #1: Whenever possible, keep your smartphones out of plain sight.

Tip #2: Install tracking applications on your phone so that if it is lost or stolen, it may be tracked down and recovered.

Tip #3: Keep a record of your phone’s make, model and serial number.

Tip #4: Password protect your phone.