April is a busy month! We kicked it off with our second neighborhood meeting of the year with a jam packed schedule. Dr. Dzirasa, Baltimore City's Health Commissioner, joined us to review the city's vaccination strategy and stats on vaccination goals. 30% of residents have received the first dose and 20% are fully vaccinated. Bill Henry, Baltimore City's Comptroller newly elected in 2020, joined us to review his goals of making city spending more transparent so that residents know how the city is spending the money. He also shared that residents should engage with city wide organizations or their local councilperson on how the recently stimulus money from the federal government should be spent. $335M will be received by May 10 and again within the year. Chris Broughton, a resident in Canton, joined us to discuss the project he developed of lighting up blocks with patio lights. It was an idea he had after an armed robbery occurred on this block, one that is not very well lit. Usually cost is about $100 a house for a typical block but can be lower, around $85 a house, if it is a large installation. For those that are handy and have the tools and want to light up their block, he is willing to share his materials list and help determine how much materials are needed. The developers who purchased the old Eichenkranz building joined us to layout their plans for the redevelopment of apartments. The side add-on is being rebuilt and extended to the alley to be even with the brick building but there is no change to the width. The inside will be redeveloped for 8 apartments, 4 of which will be 2 bedroom units. Since it falls within the Urban Development Plan, the Highlandtown Main Street committee will need to review and sign off on the development plans.
Public Safety Town Hall
Our friends at the Highlandtown Community Association is holding a public safety town hall on Monday, April 19 at 7PM. All are encouraged to attend to take part in the discussion. All elected officials and police leadership have been invited to take part. This meeting comes as a result of two murders that occurred in the Highlandtown and Baltimore Highlands neighborhoods within the past few weeks.
Questions can be submitted in advance using this form - https://bit.ly/32crjgW
To connect to the Zoom meeting, use this link - https://bit.ly/3wUjgn8
Rails to Trails Update
The trail will be coming through Brewers Hill and has great potential to add green space to our neighborhood. On Wednesday, April 21, from 6PM - 7:30PM, Rails to Trails will provide an update on the Boston Street Trail project. This exciting project spans from South Clinton Street to South Conkling Street and when complete will be a crucial connection for walkers, bikers, and other residents in the SouthEast Baltimore region.
To register for the event use this link - https://bit.ly/3gmTtOX.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the necessary information about joining the meeting. Although this is an official city project, this meeting will be hosted by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in conjunction with Toole Design, not by Baltimore City
Mayor's Spring Clean-up
This year's spring Mayor's clean-up is Saturday, April 24, 2021. It's a limited service clean-up - that means there will be no dumpster nor will DPW be picking up bags. BHN will be providing clean-up/waste bags at the Dillion & Grundy Street lots starting a 9AM on Saturday. You can clean-up outside your house and on your blocks and start to spruce up the neighborhood with your greenery is you have not already. It's still a COVID clean-up so be sure to wear a mask and distance when appropriate. Let's make Brewers Hill the most beautiful place to live.
The Conkling Plaza on the corners of Eastern Avenue and Conkling Streets is undergoing a redesign. Highlandtown Main Street is looking to collect ideas from the community to develop a new design and raise funds for the future renovation. Take the survey here - https://bit.ly/3aca5EV
The next Brewers Hill Neighbors meeting will be on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 7PM on Zoom. After that, we'll take a break for the summer and resume on September 14.
Because there was no dumpster available for the April 24th Mayor's Spring Clean-Up, Brewers Hill Neighbors have scheduled a dumpster for Monday, May 3, 2021. The dumpster will be onsite around 9:00/9:30AM through 1:00PM. The location will be on the corner of Dillon and Grundy. This is a weekday dumpster day because there were no Saturdays available until late July! Saturdays in August and December have been secured. We will announce those dates closer to the date..
City provided recycling cans will start the rollout in May. It's unclear when in May or what the schedule will look like city-wide. We will keep residents updated as more information is available.