National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman Joined Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan for a Site Visit to City Arts
City Arts housing development will be a key addition to Baltimore's Station North Arts and Entertainment District
March 9, 2010
Baltimore, Maryland – Today, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman joined Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan for a site visit to City Arts, an affordable residential development located in Baltimore's Station North Arts and Entertainment District and designed with artists in mind that is scheduled to open in January 2011.
Chairman Landesman said, "At the NEA, we know that artists are placemakers. When you bring arts organizations and arts workers into a neighborhood, the ethos of that place changes: the arts are a force of social cohesion, civic engagement, and economic revitalization. We are thrilled that the City Arts development was made possible through an existing HUD program and a forward thinking public-private partnership."
"Before President Obama signed the Recovery Act into law, America was losing 750,000 jobs a month. Since then, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the Recovery Act has created as many as 2.4 million jobs throughout the country," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said. "If you need any evidence of that, you only need to come here to City Arts to see for yourself how Recovery Act investments are creating good-paying jobs and jumpstarting affordable housing development." [Please see Secretary Donovan's full remarks.]
The Reinvestment Fund President Jeremy Nowak stated, "City Arts is developing affordable housing targeted to artists on a 1.2-acre lot that has been vacant for decades. This development complements and enhances the neighborhood’s existing assets, which include a wide variety of cultural organizations and activities, entertainment venues, and proximity to transportation systems."
Director of Jubilee Baltimore Charles Duff added, "I was pleased to introduce Rocco Landesman to some of the artists, organizations, and community members who are welcoming City Arts to the neighborhood. He was able to hear directly from the New Greenmount West Community Association, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, Area 405, The Windup Space, Load of Fun, and the Maryland Institute College of Arts."
City Arts will include 69 rental apartments, 8 for-sale town houses, and a professionally managed visual arts gallery and performance arts space. City Arts' 69 rental units will be targeted to low- and moderate-income artists, with 11 units reserved for non-elderly disabled persons from the Public Housing Waiting List.
City Arts rental units are being financed using $2.6 million from the Tax Credit Assistance Program, part of the federal ARRA funding, and $10.8 million in financing from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Bank of America, and Enterprise Community Investment.
City Arts development team is a partnership of three nonprofit organizations: Homes for America, Jubilee Baltimore, and TRF Development Partners Baltimore. Please see more information about City Arts (pdf)
National Endowment for the Arts (www.arts.gov)
Department of Housing and Urban Development (www.hud.gov)
Homes for America (www.homesforamerica.org)
Jubilee Baltimore (www.jubileebaltimore.org)
TRF Development Partners Baltimore (www.trfdp.com)
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