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 West Central 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. It will be run on a non-profit basis.
The Memorial Apartments Corporation (MAC), a 501c3 non-profit entity is partnering again with Somerset Development Company, LLC to acquire, renovate and transform the former Empowerment Temple into a Center for Community Arts, Education and Job-Training. Once renovations of the commercial kitchen and theater are complete in the Winter of 2020, the Unity Hall will bring neighbors together from the surrounding communities of Bolton Hill, Madison Park, and Upton through cultural and educational activities, and job-training programs. The Unity Hall will provide a venue for local theater and musical events, art exhibits, catered events, culinary arts training and flexible space for other training programs, meetings, and services as well as offices for service-oriented non-profits.
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.
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.
Construction documents will be finalized and construction will begin to update the theatre, kitchen, banquet hall and common spaces, and to build new music and artist studios, and offices.
The Baltimore Unity Hall will be completed and open to neighbors for community gatherings, theatre productions, culinary arts training programs, with offices and artist spaces complete.
Pedestal Gardens Apartments
325 McMechen St., Baltimore, MD 21217
October 30th, 2019
Pedestal Gardens Apartments
325 McMechen St, Baltimore, MD 21217
June 12, 2019
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