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The School-Centered Neighborhood Investment Initiative is a strategic effort to leverage the 21st Century Buildings program $1.1 billion investment in schools construction and renovation through the alignment of  resources, partners, and programs that can support transformational neighborhood revitalization. Sponsored by ABAG’s Neighborhood and Community Development Funders Affinity Group, phase one of the initiative will concentrate on the Cherry Hill, Park Heights, Southwest Baltimore, and Reservoir Hill neighborhoods to attract private investment, increase the capacity of community based organizations and leverage physical development within communities and improve the lives of families in target areas. Phase two neighborhoods include Southeast Baltimore, Govans and Coldstream/Homestead/Montebello.

Click here to read letter of support from Dr. Sonja Santelises, CEO, Baltimore City Public Schools.

Click here to view most recent 21st century schools opening schedule map.

Anticipated Results

By the end of two years, anticipated results include the following:

          Strengthened neighborhood capacity

o   Evidence of stronger organizational infrastructure and/or collaborations

o   Evidence of community engagement & mobilization in design process

o   Established partnerships to strengthen development capacity

          Evidence of new or planned community development public and private investment in connection with 21st Century School Building Design

          Stronger collaboration between ABAG, the Mayor’s Office, Department of Planning, Baltimore Development Corporation, Family League of Baltimore, Baltimore City Public Schools and other city agencies to coordinate and implement school-centered neighborhood development.

          Model(s) for potential replication for future years of the 21st -Century Schools Building Process and other school-centered neighborhood revitalization strategies.

In the long-term, we are seeking to track trends in:

       Population retention and growth, particularly for families with school-age children.

       Stronger partnerships between community organizations and schools.

       Improved physical conditions of neighborhoods with new school facilities.

       Development activity and total investment dollars in neighborhoods with new schools.

       Community goals set in planning processes met through implementation


Baltimore City Department of Planning: INSPIRE plan and plan approval

Baltimore Housing: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Opens New Early Head Start Center in Cherry Hill 

21st Century Schools:

Department of Planning's INSPIRE program:

Family League of Baltimore Community Schools: 

For more information, contact  Jonalyn Denlinger, Member Engagement Director.

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