New Casino = A Master Plan for South Baltimore
The Horseshoe Casino, currently under construction on Russell Street in South Baltimore will soon be in
operation. Based on the state enabling legislation, ((2012
Special Session 2, SB 1), the City of Baltimore will receive “Local
Impact Funds” derived from the future revenues of Casino operations. These
funds are to be used for improvements in the neighborhoods surrounding the Casino (As shown on the map below).
The City of Baltimore is projected to receive up to
$15-20 million per year in impact funds for South Baltimore. The law
mandates that “prior to any expenditure of local impact grant funds a county or
municipality shall develop, in consultation with the local development council,
a multiyear plan for the expenditure of the local impact grant funds for
services and improvements."
Above : Casino Master Plan Area - The pink dot represents the approximate location of the new casino.
The potential of this annual funding represents a
tremendous opportunity for improving the quality of life for residents in these South
Baltimore neighborhoods. Funds may be spent for a wide array of
purposes—public safety, parks, housing, jobs, transportation, infrastructure,
public health, etc.
In order to create a collective vision for the future
of South Baltimore, and to identify the key priorities for improving the area,
the Department of Planning is launching a comprehensive Master Planning
initiative for all of the communities in the local impact area.
Built on the
recommendations and strength of existing planning initiatives (Middle Branch
Master Plan of 2007, Middle Branch Transportation Plan of 2011 and various
smaller plans), the proposed Master Plan will capitalize on the many assets of
the planning area. Planning staff envisions that the plan will revolve around three
main themes: a bold environmental agenda; job training and economic
development; and the creation and enhancement of healthy, livable
The Local Development Council (LDC), along with the Planning
Department, will serve as a steering committee for the master planning
The Local Development Council (LDC) is established by State
law to review the spending plan. The LDC is chaired by Senator Ferguson
and members are appointed by the Mayor in consultation with the 46th
district. Delegate Clippinger and Councilman Reisinger serve on the LDC
as well as community representatives.
In addition to the LDC, we want to hear YOUR concerns, issues and ideas so they may
incorporated into the plan, and prioritized for implementation as part
of the multi-year spending plan for the Local Impact Funds, due in the
Please join us for the first Casino Area Master Plan public meeting to be held on:
Saturday, September 21st
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Digital Harbor High School, 1100 Covington St.
In Related News:
Local Impact Aid Assisting Pimlico Area Neighborhoods
2007, the State legislature passed the Maryland Education Trust Fund – Video
Lottery Terminals legislation (2007 SB 3), which provided slots revenue funding
to the City of Baltimore over a period of 15 years beginning in Fiscal Year 2012
and ending in Fiscal Year 2027 to support community and economic development in
the Pimlico area. In 2012, the legislation was amended to extend the
Pimlico area slots revenue funding from 15 years to 20 years.
Of the funds that are earmarked for
the Pimlico area, at least 75% must be allocated for the Park Heights Master
Plan area and up to 25% for census block groups within 1 mile of the track,
excluding the Park Heights Master Plan area.
One of the key components of the Park Heights Master Plan is redevelopment
of the Major Redevelopment Area of Central Park Heights. The FY 2013-14
Spending Plan provides $2.7 million for pre-development activities within the area and $1.1 million for development of a large park. Click here to view the multi-year spending plan
for Fiscal Years 13-14.
The Planning Commission will hear amendments to CCB
at its regularly scheduled hearing at 2 pm on Thursday September 19,
2013, based on the additional study requested at the March 2013 hearing
and conducted over the summer. The
items to be reviewed are summarized here. Through the same link, you will also be able to review the
recommendations of other City agencies, including the Law Department.
Planning Commission hearing will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September
19th, at 417 East Fayette Street, 8th Floor. Please note that the
security procedures in the Benton Building require that you bring
photo-identification with you.
If you require
special accommodations to attend or participate in the Planning Commission
hearing, please provide information about your requirements at least five
business days in advance of this event. The building and hearing room are
If you have any questions,
please email Laurie Feinberg firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 410-396-1275. Again for more information go to www.rewritebaltimore.org
All proposed amendments are posted here.
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