1505 Eutaw Place, Baltimore, MD 21217
The mission of the Baltimore Unity Hall, Inc. is to promote the economic development and social well-being of the underserved communities of Central West Baltimore by building on the assets in the community and bringing neighbors together to create an inclusive culture and physical space through arts, culture, education and workforce development.
Baltimore Unity Hall, Inc. is a charitable, non-profit organization that will provide program and office space for non-profits, community-based organizations, art studios, co-working spaces, a commercial kitchen, an auditorium, and job training facilities. It will be a venue for community meetings and events, art exhibits, music performances, community theater, and other cultural events, as well as program spaces for education, outreach services, and workforce development.
The Unity Hall is intended to break down barriers that have traditionally divided the community and to build a healthy neighborhood for all, by providing resources and a venue for creativity. The development of the Unity Hall has been done through a collaborative effort with resident and stakeholder input to create a common vision and commitment to provide opportunities and a venue for collaboration for the surrounding community. Before the pandemic struck, several listening sessions were facilitated by community organizers; community engagement continues today through virtual meetings.
A Unity Hall Advisory Committee was created in 2019 to advise MAC, the non-profit owner of the building, and their development partner Somerset, which is leading the design and development of the building renovation. The Advisory Committee is made up of stakeholders, community members, and prospective tenants. The current committee members are: Ashiah Parker, President of MAC and CEO of No Boundaries Coalition, the Reverend Grey Maggiano of MAC and the Memorial Episcopal Church, Ateira Griffin of Building Our Nation’s Daughters, Washina Ford of The Community Builders, Emily Cory of Single Carrot Theatre, Stephanie Ray of Baltimore Music Box, Nancy Hooff of Somerset Development Company, and Jessica Wyatt, an independent Community Engagement Specialist.
Community stakeholders, politicians, and city representatives join together at BUH's groundbreaking.
The approximately 30,000 square foot building is divided into three levels. The main level is being designed to provide office and program space for non-profits, community-based organizations, an auditorium for community and cultural events as well as exhibition space. The upper level will accommodate artist studios, co-working space, and program and office space with shared amenities, such as a breakroom, lounge, conference room, showers, and a wellness room. The lower level will host a Workforce Development Center, providing training at no-cost/low-cost to underserved residents seeking employment and a commercial kitchen with a catering/events operation which will provide opportunities for on-the-job training.
The building was originally built in 1964 as the Union Hall for Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers and, until several years ago, the Empowerment Temple Church ran community programs out of the building. In recent years, the building had declined rapidly due to deferred maintenance and was in dire need of repair. Without the development of the Unity Hall, the building would have fallen further in disrepair and contributed to blight in the neighborhood. The redevelopment of the Unity Hall will turn what could become a community liability into a community asset, which builds on the investments that MAC and Somerset have made to date in the neighborhood.
The Phoenix Club stood at 1505 Eutaw Place prior to the Union Hall's original 1964 construction.
The Unity Hall is currently under construction, with a completion date set for Spring 2022. The general contractor, Southway Builders, and their sub-contractors are implementing a program to hire people who live in the neighborhood. Once the construction is complete, the Unity Hall intends to offer on-the-job training opportunities connected to its workforce development program and the operations in the building.
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The Community Builders is a leading nonprofit real estate developer that owns or manages more than 11,000 quality apartments. Our business, infrastructure and community program investments help make neighborhoods work for people of all incomes.
Building Our Nation’s Daughters works to engage, mentor, and build single mothers in Baltimore to cultivate positive mother-daughter relationships, strengthen single-mother families, and lead advocacy efforts to ensure every single mother household has equitable access to opportunities.
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The No Boundaries Coalition is a resident-led advocacy organization building a unified and empowered Central West Baltimore across the boundaries of race, class, and neighborhood.
Single Carrot Theatre creates socially relevant theatre as a form of civic engagement in Baltimore by producing vibrant, experiential performances in traditional and non-traditional theatre venues; building cross-sector partnerships; and facilitating empowering education programs.
The Baltimore Music Box (BMB) is a musical instrument and equipment library that serves to build, support, and grow creativity in the Central West Baltimore community by eliminating barriers associated with the pursuit of musical interests and activities.
Founded in 1964 to develop affordable housing for low-income seniors, MAC has expanded its mission to help create anchors of stability and opportunity within our community. MAC is dedicated to enriching the lives of the residents of Linden Park and Central West Baltimore by supporting development which will promote learning, healthy living, meaningful social interaction, life planning, and neighborhood union.
Somerset is a socially responsible real estate development company which focuses on expanding affordability and revitalizing communities. Our expertise in multi-family residential development includes historic preservation; new markets, historic, and low income housing tax credits; new construction, major renovations, market rate and affordable residential development, all in transit-oriented locations in underserved communities. https://somersetdev.com/
Your contribution will support the ongoing operations at Unity Hall and increase our impact in the community.
BUH, Inc. has applied to the IRS for 501(c)3, tax exempt status. Once the IRS determination letter has been issued, your donation will be tax deductible.
1505 Eutaw Place, Baltimore, MD 21217