We are moving! Starting on January 8, 2020, after 50 years in North Central Baltimore, we will be consolidating operations at the Hoen Lithograph Building in Collington Square.
We were the key nonprofit partner that allowed the developer to utilize various federal and state tax credit programs. The renovation of this historic factory, which has been vacant for over 35 years, features “green” building techniques, space designed for community connection, and 21st century classroom features for the Adult Learning Center.
The surrounding area has limited community amenities and a high vacancy rate. However, proximity to the employment base at Johns Hopkins Medical Campus is a strong asset on which to build. Replicating Strong City’s successful track record of seeding community-driven revitalization in Central Baltimore, Strong City will support resident organizing and community planning, preserve and promote homeownership, connect residents to jobs, and the capacity of existing community assets. Strong City has spent the last two years building relationships with community residents that will support future collaboration.
Center for Neighborhood Innovation
At the Hoen Building, Strong City will be the lead anchor tenant of the Center for Neighborhood Innovation (CNI): a new model for neighborhood transformation. We intend for this center to bring together a critical mass of social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, service providers, and researchers committed to solving issues facing our most distressed neighborhoods and provide them with the support needed to create positive community change.
We are excited to be sharing space at the Hoen with Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and City Life Community Builders around a workforce development pipeline. ABC will be consolidating and expanding their building trade apprenticeship programs at the Hoen which are currently scattered all across the suburbs. Strong City’s Adult Learning Center will expand our GED intensive programs to prepare learners for job training opportunities through our CNI partners, as well as employment at neighborhood anchors like Johns Hopkins Medical Campus.
Strong City Baltimore is moving to a location where every aspect of our operation will make an impact: from mission-based components of where we implement our programs as well as host meetings and community gatherings, to everyday details such as where we go out to lunch and shop. 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!