Service Update, June 15, 2020

First, we’d like to thank all of you for being great partners during this truly unusual and difficult time. Throughout the past few months and the COVID pandemic, our priority has consistently been the safety of our employees and our constituents.

We also want to wholeheartedly thank each of you who have pitched in and volunteered to keep the community looking clean and green! You have mulched, pulled weeds, planted trees, picked up trash, cleaned fountains, shared Facebook posts and information, notified us of problem areas, and so much more. We are glad to have such committed neighbors and look forward to continuing to do great work with you.

As the city and state continue moving into various phases of reopening, we are also adding back in additional service and staff. We continue to assess our service and how we provide it so we can protect our employees and constituents, and follow government and health department regulations, procedures, and guidance. As of June 15th, We are providing the following:

  • 6 days per week service
  • Emptying 153 corner cans 6 days per week
  • Detailed cleaning of gutters and sidewalks in all four neighborhoods (both mechanically and by hand)
  • Responding to service requests for cleaning hot spots and high traffic areas
  • Picking up loose trash in the parks and medians
  • Dropping off mulch for community volunteers to spread in parks
  • Weeding in parks, medians, and greenspaces
  • Watering street and park trees
  • Cleaning and trimming tree pits
  • Providing community safety patrols

We have been providing all of these services on a limited basis throughout the pandemic, but we are closer now to full staff and full service hours. Please be patient with us as we continue to add staff back in and increase their hours so they can safely provide service to the district.

Please know we will constantly monitor government and health department regulations, and should at any time they recommend we downgrade our service, we will notify you of such.  Please also note that closures of our partner agencies can impact our ability to provide service.

Please know we are still unable to provide bulk trash removal service just yet, but are hoping to do so in the near future. We would ask that if you are able to do so, please take your bulk items to one of DPW’s citizen drop-off sites (see info below). If that is not possible, please contact us (410-528-1512 or service@midtowncommunity.org) to be added to the bulk trash waiting list.  We will contact you once we are able to provide a pick-up date.

Recycling Pickup Event, June 18th & 19th
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak at the DPW Eastern Sanitation Yard, we are pleased to offer a one-time RECYCLING ONLY Pickup Event. Residents should refer to the schedule below to check times / locations for pick-ups closest to them.We ask that you meet our Midtown team members at the designated times and locations.They will be in a Midtown truck and will put your recycling on the truck. Please do NOT leave the items at the location prior to the scheduled times, nor leave them unattended.

  • Please note the following stipulations for us to provide this service: First come, first serve basis. Once the truck is full, we will not be able to accept any more items.
  • Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Our team members will do the same.
  • As with regular recycling, items must be in paper bags or cardboard boxes. NO PLASTIC BAGS are allowed.
  • Please make sure cans and bottles are dry with no liquid remaining in them.
  • NO TRASH will be accepted. Please note this includes yard waste, bulk, or household trash.
  • We reserve the right to refuse any items you bring to us if it does not meet the city’s recycling guidelines 
  • Please do NOT place items at the site prior to these times! Items left prior to the specific pick up times will be reported as illegal dumping.
  • Midtown is happy to provide this ONE TIME service during the city’s disruption and while our colleagues recover.

Thursday, June 18 – Bolton Hill & Charles North

  • 9am – 10am – Laurens & Linden (Sumpter Park)
  • 10am – 11am – John & Lanvale (John Street Park/Lovely Lane)
  • 12pm – 1pm – St. Paul & Lafayette (St. Paul Park)
  • 1pm – 2pm – Maryland & North (southwest corner on Maryland)

Friday, June 19 – Madison Park & Mount Vernon

  • 9am – 10am – Presstman & Madison (Lena K. Lee Park)
  • 10am – 11am – Mosher & Madison (adjacent to the park)
  • 12pm – 1pm – Charles & Read (Spirits of Mt. Vernon)
  • 1pm – 2pm – Preston & Calvert (on Preston near Yoga Works)

If you would like to volunteer with Midtown, sign up for our newsletter, or if you have service requests, please reach out to us at service@midtowncommunity.org  We will continue to post updates on Facebook and via our newsletter. Please feel free to share and repost. Thank you again for working with us as we all make our way through this pandemic.  We look forward to continuing to provide service in the district, and working closely with you to keep our community clean, safe, and green.

CITIZEN DROP-OFF CENTERS AVAILABLE FOR RECYCLING & BULK DROP-OFF
Sisson Street Citizen Drop-off Center
2840 Sisson Street
M-F 9AM – 5PM
Northwest Transfer Station
5030 Reisterstown Road
M-Sa 7AM – 5PM
Quarantine Road Landfill
6100 Quarantine Road
M-Sa 9AM – 5PM

Now Hiring: FT Truck Driver/Litter-Vac Operator

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Midtown Community Benefits District (MCBD) is currently seeking a full-time Truck Driver/Litter-Vac Operator to join its Clean Team. The position will perform heavy manual work and operate equipment and vehicles in the collection, disposal of refuse and clean the streets and right-of-ways in the District.

Review the full job description below:

The position requires at least one year previous experience operating mechanical equipment in a safe manner. Any combination of experience, certification and training will be accepted in determining qualifications. In addition to the requirements:

  • The selected candidate must possess a Maryland driver’s license and have a clean driving record.
  • Must successfully pass drug screening and a background check.
  • Must be physically fit to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • The position requires employee to constantly use upper body to operate all components of the machine.
  • Must be a resident of Baltimore City or relocate to Baltimore City within the 90-day probationary period.

To Apply: Please send your resume to jobs@midtowncommunity.org to be considered.

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Save the Date: 2016 Fall Town Hall Meeting and At-Large Board Election

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Join us for the 2016 Midtown Baltimore Fall Town Hall Meeting to get an update on the organization and to elect 4 new at-large Board Members!

WHEN: Wednesday, October 5th
7:00 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Elections and Program

WHERE: Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church
1316 Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD  21217

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

Become A Board Member!

You are eligible to represent your community as an at-large member of the Board of Directors if you meet one of the following qualifications:

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.

If you are interested in serving as an at-large Board Member, forward a letter of interest and your resume to michellew@midtowncommunity.org or mail it to 1120 N Charles Street, Suite 220, Baltimore, MD 21201. All nominations must be received by the 5:00 p.m. on September 28th.

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.

Midtown Baltimore Safety Tips

Midtown Baltimore is home to Baltimore’s most famous monuments, historic buildings, churches, cultural and educational institutions, shops, businesses and nonprofits, restaurants, nightclubs, and bars. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people are drawn to Midtown every year to live, work, and play.

In addition to all that Midtown has to offer, it has, like any urban environment, its own unique set of challenges such as panhandling and the occasional crime. The following tips will help you to navigate safely through some of the possible situations and/or scenarios you might encounter while in Midtown.

Walking and Shopping in Midtown

  • When possible, walk and shop with at least one other person.
  • Stay alert and “tuned-in” to your surroundings.
  • Don’t allow texting, loud earphone music, or phone conversations to distract you as you walk.
  • Convey the message that you’re calm, confident, and know where you’re going.
  • Stay on busy, well lit streets walking close to the curb, not right next to the buildings.
  • Avoid shortcuts through parking lots or alleys.
  • Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or situation and leave as soon as possible.
  • If a stranger is following you, switch directions or cross the street. When this fails, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or a well-lit house — don’t be afraid to yell for help and/or call 911.
  • Don’t allow your handbag, backpack, or laptop bag to dangle by your side in a way that a thief can run by and grab it away; instead carry the handbag in front and close to your body.
  • Don’t buy more items than you can easily handle when shopping — struggling with bags can make you a target.
  • Don’t flash or count your cash on the street or in crowds. Don’t display inviting targets like pagers, smartphones, tablets, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry.

PANHANDLING
• Ignore panhandlers.
• Don’t give money to panhandlers.
• Walk away, if possible, and go somewhere safe.
• Don’t yell at or insult the panhandler.
• Don’t use physical force against the panhandler, except in self-defense.
• Walk into the closet business and inform the owner or manager.
• Seek out police officers patrolling the area.
• Aggressive panhandling is illegal. If a panhandler is too aggressive and you feel in danger, you should yell for help and/or call 911

  • Never leave your handbag or wallet unattended, even for a moment.
  • Politely decline offers by strangers to carry your bags or share found money with you.
  • If someone tries to grab your bag(s) let it/them go — nothing is as valuable as your safety and well-being! Observe the assailant as closely as possible to get a description for the police: age, race, height, weight, hair color and length, clothing, distinguishing characteristics.
  • Carry wallets in a front pants pocket or the inside of your coat.
  • Cary only as much cash and credit/debit cards as you need — keep cash to a minimum.

ATM USE

• Be conscious of those around you when using the ATM — if you see anyone or anything suspicious, cancel your transaction and go to another ATM.
• Try to use ATM machines located inside banks or stores rather than outdoor terminals. If you must use an ATM after hours, make sure it’s well-lighted.
• Never walk away from an ATM with cash still in hand. If you’re going to count your cash, do so at a secure spot.

Parking in Midtown

  • Avoid parking in isolated areas.
  • Always park in well-lit areas.
  • Don’t park next to shrubbery or dumpsters.
  • Avoid parking near exits and stairways in garages.
  • When parking during daylight hours, think about how the area will look if you return after nightfall.
  • Always be alert to people just sitting in their vehicles.
  • Call 911 if you see any suspicious persons lurking near vehicles.
  • If you observe someone in your vehicle, do not approach — leave as quickly as you can and call 911.
  • Close all windows and the sunroof.
  • Always lock your vehicle.
  • Never leave credit cards or other identifying information in your vehicle.
  • Lock personal valuables in the trunk of your vehicle, far before you reach your parking destination, or take them with you.
  • Never leave items attractive to thieves visible in your vehicle — GPS unit, coins, CD’s, MP3 players, computers, purses, backpacks, clothing, sunglasses, etc.
  • Remove your GPS unit and all other accessories such as mounting brackets, chargers, headsets or audio leads and wipe off any suction cup marks on the windshield using a micro-fiber cloth or a moist towel.
  • Replace cigarette lighter — no lighter signals the presence of electronic equipment.
  • Don’t hide a spare key in your vehicle.
  • Use a steering wheel or brake pedal lock, or install a kill switch, warning light and/or audible alarm.
  • Have your vehicle key in your hand before you reach the door.
  • Enter and exit your vehicle quickly.

Nightlife in Midtown

  • When possible, go out with at least one other person.
  • Don’t drink excessively — it will make you a far more attractive target for criminals.
  • Don’t flash large amounts of cash when paying the tab.
  • Don’t announce or talk loudly about the next venue you may be headed to — criminals could pick a point along your route to wait for you.
  • Consider calling for a taxi instead of flagging one down on the street.

Smartphone Use in Midtown

  • Smartphones have a street value. By displaying or using your smartphone on the street or in public areas, you increase the likelihood that it will be snatched from your hand — especially when you are preoccupied by conversation or texting.
  • Don’t engage in smartphone use when on the street.
  • When possible, make calls from the office or from your vehicle when safely stopped.
  • Calls received while on the street should be short and not so engaging as to become a distraction from what’s happening around you — or if someone is approaching you.

Important Midtown May 7th Board Meeting Notice

PLEASE BE ADVISED: The meeting of the Midtown Community Benefits District Board of Directors on Wednesday May 7 will be conducted via teleconference.

Any member of the public may join the meeting by phone, or by sitting in at the Midtown office (1221 North Calvert St). Please call 410 528-1512 to obtain the connection information for the teleconference. Thank you!

Bolton Hill (Area 3) Residential Parking Permits Renewal Info

Your Current Residential Parking Permits will expire March 31, 2014.

Online Purchasing: Beginning February 21, 2014, you can go online and renew your permits. You may purchase your permit online in advance by going to: https://pabc.t2hosted.com/cmn/index.aspx

Community Pick Ups in March 2014
Location: Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, Park Ave at Lafayette; enter on Lafayette.
Dates & Times: ALL PICK UP DATES ARE IN MARCH 2014
Sat, March 15th 8:30-12:30
Sat, March 22nd 8:30-12:30
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Parking Authority Pick Up: Beginning March 17, 2014, you may pick up your permits at the Parking Authority Office, 200 W. Lombard Street, B, (21201). Office hours are 8:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

Parking: Please park at the Arena Garage (entrance at 99 S. Howard Street) for free validation.

Required Documentation: You must bring all current documentation when picking up your permits at either a Community Pick Up or at the Parking Authority.

What you will need to provide for a permit:

  • Current Maryland Vehicle Registration (Area 3 address is required unless you have a Maryland registration and are a full time student/military with a current Student/military ID)
  • 1 form of Proof of Residency, such as:
  • Current Lease signed by all parties that is not month to month (month to month leases require residents to come to the PABC office each month to renew permit)
  • Proof of home ownership (settlement papers)
  • Current drivers license that reflects your current address
  • Utility bill in your name, reflecting current address, that is no less than 30 days old
  • Any Photo ID

In Addition to the above you may need more documentation:

  • If vehicle is registered out of state in your name:
  • You must switch your vehicle over to Maryland before being permitted to purchase a parking permit decal
  • Unless you are a full time student or a member of the military. Out of state students and military must purchase a Non-Resident Permit from the MVA before a permit/decal is released. The non-resident permit or receipt for its purchase from MVA for the permit must be displayed to the PABC or at your community pick-up for the permit to be released.
  • If vehicle registration is out of state but in someone else’s name:
  • A current notarized letter is required each and every time you renew. The letter must be dated/signed no more than 6 months from the day of acquiring your permit.
  • A Maryland state Driver’s license reflecting current address must be presented.
  • Current vehicle registration
  • If vehicle is in state but registered in someone else’s name:
  • A current notarized letter from the vehicle’s owner granting you rights to drive this vehicle is required each and every time you renew. The letter must be dated/signed no more than 6 months from the day of acquiring your permit.

Payment: Permits are $20 each. They accept: Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Discover credit cards online. They also accept checks and money orders at the parking office made out to the Director of Finance. Cash is not accepted.

Contact Information: If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Parking Authority at rpp@bcparking.com or 443-573-2800, extensions 863, 845, or 851.
You may also contact your Area 3 representative Patsy Andrews by email at pandrewsmd@yahoo.com

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