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Vacants to Value to Project CORE: A Recent History of Policy on Vacant Housing
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake announces the Vacants to Value program
<p>In 2010, Baltimore City officials and planners announced a new strategy recognizing that demolition alone cannot resolve issues with vacant housing. The program included streamlining the sale of vacant city property, strengthening code enforcement efforts in transitional blocks and emerging markets to promote rehabilitation, and providing new, targeted incentives for homebuyers and developers who invest in vacant homes. Read the <a href="http://archive.baltimorecity.gov/OfficeoftheMayor/NewsMedia/tabid/66/ID/691/Mayor_Announces_Vacants_to_Value_Plan_to_Reduce_Blight.aspx">2010 press release announcing Vacants to Value</a> or learn more on the <a href="http://vacantstovalue.org">Vacants to Value website</a>.</p>
National Mortgage Settlement directs $10 million to demolition in Baltimore
The $25 billion National Mortgage Settlement signed by five big banks and 49 state attorneys general in February 2012 promised to offer relief families struggling to keep up with their mortgages across the country. Baltimore City recieved $10 million in housing aid under the settlement. But under the city's plans, little of the money was spent helping families facing foreclosure save their homes. The city instead used almost all the money to fund the demolition of more than 550 dilapidated homes in troubled neighborhoods. <a href="http://www.marylandconsumers.org/issues/housing/mortgage_settlement">Learn more from the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition</a>.
|Growing Green Initiative launched||2014||5||Greening|
Growing Green Initiative publishes the Green Pattern Book
The Green Pattern Book is the Growing Green Initiative tool used to guide the greening of vacant land by City agencies, NGOs, community-based organizations, and individual residents. http://www.baltimoresustainability.org/green-pattern-book/
The Abell Foundation publishes report on Vacants to Value
Written by veteran Baltimore journalist Joan Jacobson, <a href="http://www.abell.org/publications/vacants-value">the report</a> analyzes city data and relies on in-depth interviews about the city’s signature blight-reduction effort. (<a href="http://www.abell.org/sites/default/files/files/cd-vacants2-value1115.pdf">PDF</a>)
Governor Larry Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announce Project CORE
On January 5, 2016, the Governor and Mayor announced a new plan, named Project C.O.R.E, that tasks the Maryland Stadium Authority to oversee the demolition of vacant buildings over a four year period, funded by $75 million in funding from the state of Maryand and $19 million from the City of Baltimore.
Baltimore Housing, DHCD, and the Maryland Stadium Authority sign the project MOU
|Green Network Plan Public Meeting #1|
Over 130 people attended the first Green Network Plan public meeting, held at Mother Seton Academy on June 15, 2016.
Project CORE Project Manual and Technical Document published
The document was prepared for the Maryland Stadium Authority to serve as the technical basis for the execution of the abatement, deconstruction, demolition and site stabilization services.
Maryland Stadium Authority releases Request for Proposal DD-001 Project C.O.R.E. Deconstruction and Demolition Services
Maryland Stadium Authority hosts the Project CORE MBE Networking Event
Programmatic Agreement between DHCD, Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), and Baltimore City established
|Green Network Plan Public Meeting #2|
Two public meetings were held in November 2016 to share progress and get public feedback for the Green Network Plan. Following an overview presentation, participants at each meeting had the opportunity to review feedback received at the June public meeting, learn more about the process and advisory groups, and participate in three mapping stations.
|Project CORE grant awards announced|
In December 2016, Governor Larry Hogan announced awardees for Project C.O.R.E. demolition funds. 36 different Baltimore City agencies and nonprofit community development organizations applied for funding for 77 projects. After careful deliberation, nearly $16 million was awarded to 30 projects. <a href="http://dhcd.maryland.gov/ProjectCORE/Pages/Plan.aspx">Source</a>
DHCD begins consultation for the second phase of Project CORE demolitions
On February 1, 2017 the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development sent a list and photographs of properties selected for Phase 2 of Project CORE demolitions to the Maryland Historical Trust, Baltimore Heritage, Preservation Maryland, the Baltimore National Heritage Area, and the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP).
Center for Community Progress publishes "Tackling the Challenge of Blight in Baltimore: An Evaluation of Baltimore's Vacants to Value Program"
In 2010, the City of Baltimore kicked off an ambitious effort to address its vacant property challenges, an effort it called Vacants to Value (V2V). After five years, the city decided to commission an <a href="http://www.communityprogress.net/filebin/Baltimore_Vacant_to_Value_Report_Final.pdf">in-depth evaluation of the program</a>, and after a competitive process, retained the Center for Community Progress, in partnership with the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance and the University of Baltimore’s Schaefer Center, to conduct the evaluation.
|Green Network Plan Public Meeting #3|
Two public meetings were held in May 2017 to share progress and get public feedback for the Green Network Plan. Materials were shared through a series of information and feedback stations.
|DHCD concludes Project CORE Phase 2 Consultation|
Phase 2 Mitigation Measures agreement form drafted and distributed to signatories
|Phase II Mitigation Measures Agreement executed||2017||8||11||Project CORE|
DHCD publishes FY17 Programmatic Agreement Annual Report
Deadline for FY18 Project CORE Request for Applications (RFA) funding
|DHCD begins Project CORE Phase 3 Consultation|
Date is letter notification for the February 14 conulting parties meeting to evaluate the properties proposed for demolition and discuss what level of phase specific mitigation is warranted. Written comments accepted.
|DHCD begins Project CORE Phase 4 Consultation|
Based on date documentation materials are recieved by Baltimore Heritage via email.
DHCD convenes Project CORE Phase 3 Consultation review meeting
Afternoon at the offices of the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development.