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Second East Hills Return List Thomas Paine
Barclay/Midway/Old Goucher, Baltimore, MD

Telesis Corporation was selected by the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (“HABC”) and the Barclay/ Midway/ Old Goucher (“BMOG”) community to serve as the developer for a large-scale, multi-phased revitalization effort in the BMOG neighborhood. BMOG is centrally located in Baltimore City and boasts Victorian-era townhomes, tree-lined streets and beautiful architectural details. Over the years, however, the neighborhood has come under stress and much of the housing stock is in a state of disrepair. Through a participatory planning process, with the community and HABC, Telesis created the Barclay/ Midway/ Old Goucher Redevelopment Plan (“Plan”), approved by the BMOG Coalition in June 2007. The redevelopment strategy focuses on mending the fabric of the neighborhood through the scattered-site infill development of 268 scattered-site parcels, including 94 vacant lots, into approximately 320 units of mixed-income and mixed-tenure housing, with both rental and homeownership opportunities.

A central component to this neighborhood revitalization effort includes strengthening the socio-economic base of the community, while encouraging sustainable building practices. In 2006, Telesis partnered with Enterprise Green Communities to hold a Green Charette with community residents. The workshop resulted in the creation of the BMOG Green Building Guidelines, which incorporate LEED, USGBC and Enterprise Green building principles.

In addition, Telesis is working with a committee of stakeholders in the neighborhood that seeks to leverage the resident construction hiring opportunity presented by the redevelopment to create a long-term workforce development strategy.

Barclay Phase 1A is the first and crucial stepping stone towards revitalizing this long-neglected neighborhood and implementing the BMOG Plan. The proposed development in Barclay Phase 1A creates 72 units of affordable rental housing with a mix of new construction and rehabilitation. Responding to community needs, and building on neighborhood strengths, Barclay Phase 1A is a gateway development which will catalyze future investment in the community.

Financing for Barclay Phase 1A is made possible thanks to funding from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh.

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