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Growing a greener Baltimore by demolishing vacant buildings

Posted at 7:22 AM, Mar 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-15 07:22:21-04

Replacing vacant buildings with parks and playgrounds to grow a greener Baltimore. That's the new plan that is up for public debate coming out of the Mayor's office.

They've created pilot projects as part of the Baltimore Green Network for four focus areas in Druid Hill, Sandtown Winchester, Shipley Hill and Broadway East. 

The projects range from creating green spaces, to playgrounds to engage families, to connecting miles of exercise trails around the city.

The Baltimore Green Network also proposes employing neighbors around these areas to maintain the grounds. Funding would ideally come from the city, state, and federal government, as well as private sources. Pugh said her office will look into grant money as well, hoping to construct a revenue stream maintaining the redevelopment.

"Let's engage those communities where the lack of green spaces overlaps with high concentrations of vacant and abandoned properties," said Tom Stosur, the director of the City Department of Planning. "Let's turn those challenges into potential new assets that can start to change the decades-long cycle of disinvestment."

On Thursday night you can voice your opinion on the plan at Mother Seton Academy at 6:30 p.m.