Baltimore City Councils Unanimously Urges State Lawmakers to Adopt Criteria for State Center Development


March 1, 2018, Baltimore, MD— After a year of dimming prospects for State Center redevelopment, a step forward took place this week.

The Baltimore City Council unanimously adopted City Council Resolution 18-0069R supporting the redevelopment of the State Center complex by urging state lawmakers to adopt the criteria that the surrounding communities have advocated for over 12 years.

Introduced by Councilman Eric T. Costello and co-sponsored by Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and all Councilmembers, the resolution requests the General Assembly to pass, and the Governor to sign, HB 1286.  This bill protects the participation and planning process of the communities in the State Center Neighborhood Alliance in any development effort going forward on the 28 acre site.

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Costello and Reisinger Secure DOT Commitment to Make Immediate Repairs to VVM Bridge on S Hanover St

Councilman Eric Costello and Councilman Ed Reisinger (10th District) met with the Director of DOT on Feb 26th to discuss the details of DOT’s commitment to repair the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Bridge on S Hanover St and make the road surface safe again. There is a three phase plan which includes the following:

1- IMMEDIATE REPAIRS – the bridge will receive a 2″ layer of rigid asphalt which will be smooth and safe, and should last 2-3 years. This will be laid by no later than end-May 2018, weather permitting (the hope is that it will occur sooner). The entire bridge will be resurfaced, curb-to-curb, with the exception of the draw span. This repair should cost approximately $500,000 and take 7-10 days to complete.

2- MID-TERM REPAIRS – the bridge will undergo an entire “re-decking” with new concrete surface. Work on that will begin in Spring of 2019. This will include removing the new asphalt which is to be installed this spring, structural work beneath the existing concrete deck, and installation of a new concrete deck. These repairs should cost approximately $7-8 million. While it would have been ideal for this work to start immediately, due to the very unique structure of the bridge underneath the deck, significant design work is necessary before actual work may begin, and the design is slated to begin in next two months. We have begun discussions with DOT to ensure this design includes dedicated pedestrian and cycle lanes, although this has not yet been determined.

3- LONG-TERM REPAIRS – the bridge is currently undergoing a US DOT TIGER funded study which is expected to be completed by summer of 2018. Once that study is completed, an environmental impact study will be completed. Several options will be presented as a result of these studies and DOT will then make a determination on how to proceed — there is currently no answer on specific repairs to be made, costs, or time-frames.. Long-term repairs could cost approximately $60-100 million and take 6-9 years.

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Update from CM Costello + CM Pinkett on Mt Royal Ave / North Ave Encampment

Update on Homeless Encampment at Mt Royal Ave / North Ave / I-83 Exit 6

Please note that this is a joint response from both Councilman Leon Pinkett (7th District, north of North Ave) and Councilman Eric Costello (11th District, south of North Ave (the subject of this response impacts residents of both districts in a significant manner).

Many of you have voiced recent concerns re: the safety, health, and sanitary issues associated with the growing homeless encampment at the intersection of Mt Royal Ave / North Ave / I-83 Exit 6. These concerns have been amplified in recent weeks as the encampment has continued to grow. At this point, we believe that due to the severity of issues associated with this site, the only reasonable course of action is for the City to lead extensive outreach services and develop a plan to help get the encampment residents off of the street.

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