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Arch Social Club needs votes to win $2 million grant from National Geographic

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Posted at 1:59 PM, Oct 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-25 14:06:20-04

Early voting may be starting today in Baltimore, but there are just a few days left to vote in another race in which a Charm City institution is high in the runnings.

The Arch Social Club in Baltimore is competing with 19 groups around the country for a grant to launch a new arts and entertainment district.

The Club, located at the intersection of Pennsylvania and North Avenues, was founded in 1905, making it one of the oldest African-American men's social clubs in the country.

National Geographic is running the “Vote Your Main Street“ contest.

The top 10 vote-getters will share a $2 million grant.

With the potential winnings, the club has hopes to develop the surrounding area into a Pennsylvania Avenue historic arts and entertainment corridor, focusing on the commercial development of the African-American community.

If the Arch Social Club wins, they'd like to replace the marquis and add some more exterior lighting. Helping to establish and arts and entertainment district there in West Baltimore.

Prospective voters have until Oct. 26 to to cast their electronic ballots.