LOCAL IMPACT AID SUPPORTS AREA MASTER PLANS, PUBLIC SERVICES,
AND COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Under the State’s
gaming program, video lottery terminals (VLTs) generate Local Impact Grants for
the areas around Horseshoe Casino and the greater Pimlico area. These funds are beginning to produce real
benefits in terms of enhanced public services, actions to implement adopted
master plans, and programs and capital investment that address community
Since 2012, over $13 million has been designated to the greater Pimlico area, where 75% of the funds are being used to implement the Park Heights Master Plan.
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The primary focus has been the acquisition of properties, relocation of residents, and demolition of nearly 60 acres in the heart of Park Heights to create a development opportunity that will be transformative for this area. Completion of the acquisition and clearance of this major redevelopment site is expected by summer of 2016. Baltimore Housing plans to issue a Request For Proposals for site redevelopment in Fall 2015.
Other investments in the Park Heights Master Plan area include $1.4 million for programs which are providing a range of services to youth and young adults. Park Heights Renaissance, the City’s agent created to implement the Master Plan, receives operating funds. New in fiscal 2016, funds will be available for scholarships for residents to enroll in computerized manufacturing and welding training at the Jane Addams Resource Center.
The Northwest Community Planning Forum, communities between Wabash and Liberty Heights Avenues, and Coldspring Newtown are beginning to see the benefits of the remaining 25% of the funds--$3.5 million. For example,
- Crews from Chimes are cleaning streets in Fallstaff and Glen;
- The Dolfield Avenue commercial district is seeing improvements that will create a better shopping environment for the merchants and customers alike;
- Wooden guardrails and a community sign have been installed in Coldspring Newtown.
These are just a few of the 40 projects currently underway or completed and more projects are funded in fiscal 2016. For more details, see Pimlico Community Development Authority website.
The Horseshoe Casino began generating impact funds for the South Baltimore area in the summer of 2014. An estimated $6 million is available in fiscal 2015, and $7 to 9 million for fiscal 2016.
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Already, these funds are producing tangible benefits:
- In April, the South Baltimore Employment Connection Center opened, providing business services, computer/skills training, and case management services;
- A Workforce Environmental Scan and Needs Assessment for residents was completed;
- Project Jump-Start has begun a 15-week pre-apprentice training program, which will be followed by job placement services;
- The communities closest to the casino have begun identifying and preparing for Community Enhancement Projects, such as renovations to a pocket park in Ridgely’s Delight, street tree planting in Carroll-Camden, and public art in Pigtown.
Beyond these initiatives, local impact funds have resulted
in enhanced public safety, sanitation, and traffic enforcement services. For the summer of 2015, these funds will also
support 160 summer jobs through YouthWorks and Early Head Start programs for 145
The Baltimore Local Development Council has been actively
engaged in the fine-tuning of the South Baltimore Gateway
Master Plan, which should be adopted later this year and will guide
investment going forward.
For more information, and to learn how to get involved, see
the Local Development Council’s