Vote for Board Members at the 2018 Fall Town Hall Meeting!

Four at-large board members will be elected at the 2018 Fall Town Hall Meeting. To be eligible to vote, you must:

1) Reside in Bolton Hill,  Charles North,  Madison Park, or  Mount Vernon/Belvedere ;
2) Own property subject to the special surtax in one of those communities; or
3) Prove that you are authorized to serve as a representative of a property owner subject to the surtax.

Attendees wanting to vote will need to provide proof of voting eligibility.

Please bring one of the items listed below to the meeting to provide proof of voting eligibility:

– Valid ID or driver’s license with Midtown address
РA printed copy of your special benefits bill
– A printed copy of your property’s¬†SDAT¬†page (listing you as the owner)
– A utility bill with name and address (ex. city water, BGE, cable, phone, etc.)
– A voter ID card
– A copy of residential property lease
– Other forms of proof of address

If you have questions on how to confirm your voting eligibility, email us at info@midtowncommunity.org or call us at 410-528-1512.
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Mark your calendars for the 2018 Fall Town Hall Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, October 3rd
7:00 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m.  Program  and  Elections

WHERE: Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School
121 McMechen St
Baltimore, MD 21217

**If you’re driving, please park in the Mosher Street lot. Enter the building using the doors near the overpass (pictured above). Directional signs will be present on the day of the meeting**

SAVE THE DATE: 2018 FALL TOWN HALL MEETING AND AT-LARGE BOARD ELECTION

Mark your calendars! The 2018 Fall Town Hall Meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 3rd at Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School! Details below:

WHEN: Wednesday, October 3rd
7:00 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m.  Program and Elections

WHERE: Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School
121 McMechen St
Baltimore, MD 21217

Please note: Animals, other than service dogs, are not welcome.

Interested in Serving on Midtown’s Board?
Four at-large board members will be elected at the 2018 Fall Town Hall Meeting. Nominations are being accepted until Friday, September 7, 2018, 5PM. Interested candidates should send bios to nanr@midtowncommunity.org.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:
1) Reside in Bolton Hill, Mount Vernon/Belvedere, Charles North, or Madison Park;
2) Own property subject to the special surtax in one of those communities; or
3) You are authorized to serve as a representative of a property owner subject to the surtax.

Vote For Board Members!

The 4 at-large members will be elected by all of the eligible voters in attendance at the meeting. To be eligible to vote you must:
1) Reside in Bolton Hill, Mount Vernon/Belvedere, Charles North, or Madison Park;
2) Own property subject to the special surtax in one of those communities; or
3) Prove that you are authorized to serve as a representative of a property owner subject to the surtax.

Proof of property ownership is required to vote!

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, ‚ÄúMidtown is a community with a ‚Äėcan do‚Äô spirit, and Nan embodies that mentality.¬† Her expansive work with individuals of diverse backgrounds is key to MCBD‚Äôs goal of providing the highest level of service to benefit all of our neighborhoods.‚ÄĚ

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.

‚ÄúWe 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.‚ÄĚ

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:

ARTSCAPE HOURS OF OPERATION
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)

ARTSCAPE STREET CLOSURES AT A GLANCE

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.

VEHICLE ACCESS PASSES

For neighbors who require vehicle access on the festival site‚ÄĒduring non-festival hours, when the street closures are in effect‚ÄĒpasses 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.

CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTSCAPE 2018 NOTE TO THE COMMUNITY

Save the Date: 2018 Spring Town Hall Meeting March 28!

Join us for the 2018 Spring Town Hall Meeting! The event is scheduled for March 28 and will take place at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church (10 E Mount Vernon Pl).

  • 7:00 p.m. ‚Äď Dessert Reception
  • 7:30 p.m. ‚Äď Presentation of the FY2019 budget for community input

You can view the proposed budget here.

Please note: Animals, other than service dogs, are not welcome.

2017 DPW Christmas Tree Mulching/Recycling And Curbside Collection Info

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced their 2017 Christmas tree mulching/recycling and curbside collection plans. Read the full release below:

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) today announced that residents will be able to recycle their Christmas tree by turning it into mulch beginning January 6.   DPW will offer tree mulching services for Baltimore City residents from Monday through Saturday through January 31 (except for City holidays).  Mulching services will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northwest Citizens’ Convenience Center located at 2840 Sisson Street in west Baltimore.

Residents may bring bags or containers to collect mulch for their own use. Community groups are also encouraged to bring bags or containers and collect free mulch for neighborhood gardens, while supplies last.

Please make sure that all ornaments and tinsel have been removed from your tree prior to mulching.

Curbside Tree Collection

For residents who cannot bring their trees in for mulching, DPW will offer curbside tree collection beginning Tuesday, January 9through Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Residents should set out trees on their regularly scheduled trash collection day, at the same location where their trash is collected. All tinsel and ornaments must be removed from trees before they are set out for curbside collection, or brought in for mulching.

Recycle Christmas paper
In addition, citizens are reminded to continue to recycle wrapping paper and recyclable packaging from gifts.  This should be set out on your normal recycling collection day.  For more information about recycling please visit the Recycling Services section at publicworks.baltimorecity.gov.

Holiday schedule
New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, and Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 15 are city holidays. The Baltimore City Department of Public Works’ (DPW) offices and yards will be closed. There will be no mechanical street sweeping; trash and recycling collections do not occur on Mondays.

To have Midtown Baltimore remove your artificial Christmas trees, please submit a bulk trash removal request here. Please do not put out the tree until you receive your collection date from our team. Thank you!

Midtown Safety Tips from Deployment Coordinator, Lieutenant Rob Morris

With the holidays approaching in a few short days, we know everyone’s top priority is the safety of their family, friends and loved ones. Midtown Baltimore’s Deployment Coordinator, BPD¬†Lieutenant Rob Morris, has come up with a list of safety tips that you can use now and in the future to feel more safe and empowered this holiday season:

  • Put your phone away – don’t be distracted while walking and don’t give a thief the¬†opportunity to snatch your phone.
  • Travel in groups if possible – especially at night
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and those around you – stay alert!
  • Secure your home – lock the doors and close your curtains if going out for the evening–but leave your lights on!
  • Always tell somebody where you‚Äôre going and when you plan on being back – especially at night
  • Park in well-lit areas, and be sure to lock the car doors and windows.¬† If you have valuables in the car, hide them in the trunk.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Carry your purse close to your body and put your wallet in an inside pocket or front pants pocket.
  • Have your keys ready to enter your vehicle when you approach it.¬† Use your ‚Äúpanic button‚ÄĚ on your key fob if you become nervous or think you are being followed.
  • Lock your doors immediately upon entering your vehicle

Additional holiday specific tips:

  • Do not open the door if you are not expecting anyone. Use your peephole to confirm visitors (especially helpful during this time of year when strangers could claim to be UPS or FEDEx to gain entry to your home)
  • Avoid leaving packages out on your stairs. Ask a neighbor to accept packages. Require signatures on all deliveries when possible. Have packages delivered to drop-off locations.

For more holiday specific tips, click here to read the Baltimore Police Department’s holiday handout.

Pass on these tips to help your family and friends stay alert and safe!