The mission of Baltimore Unity Hall, Inc., a non-profit, charitable organization, is to promote the social welfare and economic development of the underserved communities of Central West Baltimore; to support, strengthen and promote community assets by maintaining an inclusive culture and physical space, and to provide cultural, historic, educational, job training, and health and wellness services.
The redevelopment of the Unity Hall at 1505 Eutaw Place into a Center for Community Arts, Education and Training is being undertaken collaboratively with community input to create a common vision and commitment to serve the needs of the surrounding communities in Central West Baltimore. The Unity Hall is intended to break down barriers that have traditionally divided the community and to build a healthy, safe neighborhood for all, by providing offices and working spaces for organizations offering programs beneficial to the community.
The Memorial Apartments Corporation (MAC), a 501c3 non-profit entity owns the building and has signed a development agreement with Somerset Development Company, LLC to acquire, renovate and transform this vacant and deteriorating building (formerly owned by the Empowerment Temple) into a Center for Community Arts, Education and Job-Training. Once renovations are complete in the fall of 2021, the Unity Hall will bring neighbors together from the surrounding communities of Bolton Hill, Madison Park, and Upton through cultural and educational activities, community services, and job-training programs. Affordable office spaces for community-oriented programs will provide such services as after school programming, employment training, mental health services, support to single mothers and referrals. A new commercial kitchen will provide catering operations as a vehicle for on-the-job culinary arts and hospitality training. An auditorium and other common spaces will provide a venue for community meetings, musical events, art exhibits, and educational programs. In addition, artist studios and co-working spaces will be available.
In partnership with Somerset Development Company, LLC, MAC--a neighborhood 501c3-- purchased the former Empowerment Temple which was vacant and distressed with plans transform the building into a Center for Community Arts, Education and Job Training.
Outreach to local nonprofit organizations began to identify interested partners. A neighborhood Vision Session was hosted at Pedestal Gardens Apartments in June with standing room only. A Baltimore Union Hall Advisory Board meeting made up of representatives of MAC, key Anchor Tenants, community engagement organizers as well as staff from the development team was formed.
The development team hired Ziger Snead Architects to draw up plans for interior demolition and to remove hazardous materials which were completed in October. Schematic Design drawings were complete in early November.
Community outreach continued with Union Hall Advisory Board members attending meetings with the Bolton Hill Community Association, Upton Planning Committee, and Madison Park Improvement Association. Listening sessions with neighborhood residents are conducted.
Local Hiring Program developed in concert with Southway Builders, the BUH Advisory Board and other stakeholders to assure residents of Central West Baltimore participate in anticipation of new construction jobs associated with the redevelopment of the Unity Hall
Community event at the Y at 1609 Druid Hill Avenue brings neighbors together to discuss the Center for Community Arts, Education, and Job Training at the Unity Hall.
Branding Workshop with Community Stakeholders.
Construction documents were finalized and a value engineering exercise with Southway was concluded.
Covid-19 pandemic strikes the United States and general lock down stalls the forward movement of the economy, including planning on the Unity Hall. Despite the slowdown, the development team and the Advisory Board continue to work virtually.
Seven Letters of Intent from key community stakeholders are signed and sent to the development team.
Local Hiring outreach begins pending financial commitments in place
Anticipated construction start
Expected completion and lease up of the Unity Hall. BUH, Inc. signs Master lease with MAC to manage and oversee the building.
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Pedestal Gardens Apartments
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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