Midtown Community Benefits District Announces New President

Nan Rohrer, Midtown Community Benefits District President

The Midtown Community Benefits District (MCBD) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Nan Rohrer has been named President of MCBD.  A proven leader in community and economic development, Rohrer brings 20 years of experience of city and project management, program implementation, and consensus building to MCBD as it seeks to sustain and grow its impact and ensure the continued success of the Midtown communities it serves.

Board Chair Adrian Harpool stated, “Midtown is a community with a ‘can do’ spirit, and Nan embodies that mentality.  Her expansive work with individuals of diverse backgrounds is key to MCBD’s goal of providing the highest level of service to benefit all of our neighborhoods.”

An ardent advocate of the urban experience, Nan Rohrer has been actively involved in improving Baltimore for the 17 years she has called the city home. During her tenure as the Vice President of Economic Development and Planning at Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Rohrer spearheaded the Pratt Street Redesign, Downtown Strategic Plan, Preston Gardens Renovation, and Downtown Open Space Plan.  She was the founding director of the Office of Partnerships in the Department of Recreation and Parks, and a neighborhood liaison in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods.

Rohrer is on the boards of the Baltimore Museum of Industry and Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. She is also an active member of the Enoch Pratt Free Library Advisory Council, and the Friends of Patterson Park. She mentors participants in Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders and Johns Hopkins University’s Social Innovation Lab programs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.

“We know the stability and prosperity of our neighborhoods depends upon our diligence and ability to forge collaborations that leverage our hard work with others.  As the new President of Midtown Community Benefits District, I aim to maximize those partnerships, and foster new ones as we strive to be more equitable and impactful across the communities we serve.  Midtown reflects the best of Baltimore, and I believe we can be a model for the type of leadership and collaboration that improves the health and economic vitality of our city.”

The Midtown Community Benefits District is a neighborhood advocacy and improvement group authorized by law in 1996 to strengthen its four communities: Bolton Hill, Charles North, Madison Park and Mount Vernon/Belvedere.  The purpose of MCBD is to promote and market the District by providing supplemental security and maintenance services, as well as administer amenities in public areas, and facilitate park and recreational programs and functions.  MCBD’s efforts are funded by a taxpayer-approved property tax surcharge.

Artscape 2018: Important Information & Traffic Advisories

It’s that time of year! Artscape 2018 is set to take place in Midtown from July 20th – 22th. Here’s an important note so that you can plan accordingly:

Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 from 11am-9pm
Sunday, July 22 from 11am-7pm (note, new closing time on Sunday)
(Artscape After Hours is open Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 from 9pm-11pm; Charles Street from Preston Street to North Avenue)


Mt. Royal Avenue from North Avenue to Saint Paul Street:
— Closed Monday, July 16 at 7am through Tuesday, July 24 at 4pm.
Preston Street from Cathedral Street to Howard Street:
— Closed Monday, July 16 at 7am through Tuesday, July 24 at 4pm.
Preston St. from Charles St. to Cathedral St. remains open for access to Cathedral St. Garage only (1311 Cathedral St.).
Charles Street from Preston Street to North Avenue:
— Closed Thursday, July 19 at 10am through Monday, July 23 at 6am.
Maryland Avenue from Preston Street to North Avenue:
— Closed Friday, July 20 at 9am through Monday, July 23 at 6am.
— Maryland Ave. becomes temporary two-way traffic for access to the Fitzgerald Gar-age; northbound traffic must turn right at North Ave. to leave the festival site.
— The I-83 ramp to Maryland Ave. will be closed.


For neighbors who require vehicle access on the festival site—during non-festival hours, when the street closures are in effect—passes will be issued on a limited basis and should only be requested if vehicle access is absolutely necessary for your business to operate.

Vehicle Access Passes are NOT parking passes. Email Tess Cooper (tcooper@promotionandarts.org) to discuss your needs by Wednesday, July 11.