After 50 years in North Central Baltimore, we have consolidated our operations at the Hoen Lithograph Building in East Baltimore’s Collington Square.
A Historic Landmark
The renovation of this historic factory, which had been vacant for over 35 years, features “green” building techniques, space designed for community connection, and 21st century classroom technology for the Adult Learning Center. We were the earliest partner to join on, and our participation allowed the developer to utilize various federal and state tax credit programs. Click below to read a feature article in the summer 2020 issue of Preservation Magazine on this fascinating building, and its important role in America’s industrial history.
Center for Neighborhood Innovation
At the Hoen Building, Strong City will be working with the other tenants to form the Center for Neighborhood Innovation (CNI), a new model for neighborhood transformation. We intend for this center to bring together a critical mass of community members, social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, service providers, and researchers committed to solving challenges facing Baltimore’s neighborhoods.
We are excited to be part of a workforce development pipeline with fellow Hoen tenants Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and City Life Community Builders. Currently, many Baltimore residents lack the basic literacy and math skills needed to succeed in workforce training programs. Strong City’s Adult Learning Center will expand programming focused on preparing learners for these training programs, as well as providing wraparound services that remove barriers to success. The ALC will also work with current employees of Johns Hopkins Medical Campus and other neighborhood anchors who need a GED or other credential to move up in their careers. ABC will be consolidating and expanding their building trade apprenticeship programs, which are currently scattered all across the suburbs.
Strong City Baltimore has moved to a location where every aspect of our operation will make an impact. Community change happens from holistic efforts on a lot of levels, from intentionally building relationships with community leaders to fundraising for important community programs to spending money at neighborhood businesses. We are eager to make an impact that will have both depth and breadth in transforming one of Baltimore’s most distressed communities, while providing a top-quality teaching and work environment.
We are also excited to be putting Strong City Baltimore on a path to long-term financial stability. We have an option to purchase the building at the end of the seven-year tax credit period. Keep an eye out for our upcoming capital campaign to find out how you can support our work permanently!