WCA's Woodberry Community Hang Out

Woodberry Community Hangout on September 17th

The Hangout Committee has been busy, busy, busy putting together a great opportunity to visit with neighbors and have fun in the lovely Woodberry Park.

Bring your own picnic or grab a bite from from El Gringo Food Truck and Taharka Brothers Ice Cream! Check out our flyer for all of the deets.

Watch next week for more announcements.

Clipper Mill community in Woodberry

What the heck is going on at the Tractor Building?

Residents,

There is a great deal of speculation as to what the “demo” permit on file with the City might actually mean for the Tractor Building. The Woodberry Community Association was not provided input by the new owners, Valstone, nor has our City Planner or Councilman Pinkett been looped in. The WCA has requested a meeting and will keep you posted.

However, a few points to help us as until we can learn more. A demo permit does not necessarily mean that the Tractor building will be knocked down to make place for some other type of structure. A demo permit is necessary to gut interiors of rot or outdated systems, as examples. It is possible that the developer has considered a new building that is juxtaposed with the current facade. We just don’t know yet.

Additionally, the Tractor building is protected by a Planned Unit Development that was negotiated years ago. IF THE MASS OR HEIGHT were to be substantially altered, the plans would have to go back through the City and allow time for community input. This is a LONG process.

When the WCA can update you and/or provide a community meeting we will be sure that you get information.

Sheri Higgins, VP/Acting President
Woodberry Community Association

WCA needs your help!

Woodberry Community Association needs your help! With the interest in our neighborhood growing, we need more neighbors involved in supporting our efforts to continue making Woodberry an amazing place to live. There have been talks of redevelopments, both commercial and residential, bike path initiatives and even a dog park, but these awesome amenities can’t happen without neighborhood input. If you’d like to be a part of the excitement that’s coming please send us a message or e-mail our Secretary, Katie Walsh (katie.v.schroeder@gmail.com).

We want to hear your ideas and leverage all of the talent that exists in our neighborhood. Being a part of a community association isn’t scary or a full-time job, but rather more like 10 hours/year, so don’y be shy. Be sure to mention your area(s) of interest in your message to us.

Beautification
Housing Issues
Grant Writing
Social Media
Crime
Zoning
Dog Park
Friends of Druid Hill Park
Semi-Annual Clean-up
Annual Block Party
Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance
Potential Board Member

Union Brewery presenting expansion news to WCA

Mark you calendar for a community meeting

Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
7:00 PM WJZ Conference Room

Guest presentation will be Union Brewing who will be sharing their expansion news.

Woodberry Community Association
Sheri Higgins, VP
Katie Schroder, Secr
Tracey Brown, Treas/Social Media

Zoning changes coming to Baltimore

Big changes are coming to Baltimore’s zoning code.  This may seem like a dry topic, but it affects land use.   Learn more about the various changes, like TOD (Transit Oriented Development), IMU (Industrial Mixed Use), as they will affect future developments in our area.

Transform Baltimore is the City’s webpage for the new zoning code.  To quickly get to one page summaries, click here and look for one-page topic summaries.  You will quickly notice that all of the zoning has numbers.  Lower numbers mean less dense, higher numbers allow for higher buildings and more density.  Zoning affects how a property can be used, and whether a property can be used for industrial purposes or for a home.

Major changes are in store for the Hampden Shuttle bus route!

Major changes are in store for the Hampden Shuttle bus route!

Tuesday, March 29, 6:30pm
WJZ Conference room, 3725 Malden Ave, Baltimore, MD  21211

Woodberry Community Association is holding a meeting specifically about changes to the Hampden Shuttle bus route and it’s impact on Woodberry. MTA plans on replacing the Hampden Shuttle with a full service route running more frequently.   Please share this with your neighbors, especially if you live on the lower part of Druid Park Drive, Clipper Road and/or the Millrace Condos.  It will be vital that we have a strong turnout if we hope to alter this proposal.

Current route- 98 Hampden Shuttle

– Bus runs every 40 minutes

– Route runs along 41st St, the lower portion of the 2000 block of Druid Park Drive, and the 3500 block of Clipper Rd in Woodberry.

– Bus runs from 5:45 am to 10:00 pm daily

Proposed route- LocalLink 22

– The 98 Hampden Shuttle will be eliminated.

– LocalLink 22 route will replace the Hampden Shuttle route in Woodberry

– The new full service route will run between Woodberry and Canton, travelling through Hampden and Remington.

– The route will remain the same in Woodberry.

– The bus will run on weekdays between 5am to 1 am, and weekends between 7 am to 11 pm

– Bus will run every 30 minutes on weekends, and every 15-30 minutes during the week, depending on the time of day.

– The current Local 22 bus is being renamed LocalLink 24

Schenuit tire redevelopment

Schenuit Rubber planned for redevelopment

Redevelopment is in the air, and we want your input.  Please read below and email us with your thoughts.  The Woodberry Community Association board met with the new owners of the Schenuit Tire building and the industrial buildings to the north of that same property known as the Clipper Mill Industrial Park at 1770 Union Ave. The property is located between the Jones Falls and the Light Rail tracks near Clipper Rd and 41st Street. Patrick Creaney and Conor Creaney of Remington Properties purchased the four buildings prior to the scheduled public auction.   Remington Properties also owns the Mill Centre in Hampden, and the distressed 401 & 403 E Oliver Street buildings in Station North.  Prior to partnering with his son Conor, Patrick was a principal at Creaney & Smith Group with over $500 million in commercial transactions to their credit.

At this time Remington Properties will maintain the three leased buildings as Industrial and are looking for feedback for the burnt Schenuit building.

Below are the preliminary basics from the conversation:

  • Remington Properties would be interested in community support to have the Schenuit building re-zoned from I-2 to an I-MU designation.  As the WCA recently polled the community requesting their thoughts for this very same designation, we indicated general consensus was positive for I-MU. As to questions of soil contamination, size, usage, traffic patterns, etc. those have yet to be developed.
  • The Schenuit building is in a flood plain. Active uses other than parking will need to be above flood level. A floodwall will not be required.
  • Any future use of the building and the industrial park in general, will require widening the roadbed. This would be done by removing a small building attached to the Schenuit warehouse.
  • A structural analysis has not been ordered yet.  However, the history of the building indicates an original wood building that was gradually encapsulated within brick buildings/walls.  It is the original interior wood that was burnt with the brick exterior now remaining.
  • There are NO plans or concepts at this point- this was strictly an information-gathering meet and greet.  Concept drawings from the previous owners were shared, showing a mixed-use building.
  • If the community will support an I-MU designation and the City approves, the Creaney’s will begin the process of planning and make a presentation to the community late May/June.

Remington Properties has confirmed their vision for the Schenuit warehouse redevelopment, “ I think your take on the proposed developed is correct, but we are not sure at this point whether some residences other than perhaps live / work may be in the final mix.  But, we do not see a fully residential development nor a shopping complex.”

What are I-2 and I-MU?
I-2 (General Industrial) I-MU (Industrial Mixed Use)
Uses include a wide variety of general manufacturing, fabricating, processing, distributing, and warehouse use

 

I-2 can include anything as big as large warehouses with 18-wheel trucks or smaller businesses, such as the two sign companies using box trucks, cargo vans, and heavy-duty trucks

 

Retail isn’t allowed without a variance

 

This designation is suited for businesses like the sign company, furniture manufacture, and other low intensity light industrial uses

 

I-MU can also have non-industrial uses such as residential, live/work studios, and retail or commercial use

 

Technically, a campus as active as the remodeled Rotunda would qualify within this designation also

Bus route changes

Bus route changes for Woodberry

Bus route changes are coming to Woodberry.  The Governor recently announced changes to MTA bus routes throughout the City.  Click here to see a map of the proposed routes in and around our area.  Lower Druid Park Drive & Clipper Rd (41st Street light to Druid Park Dr., Clipper Rd to Union Ave.) would see a significant increase in bus traffic.    This is the same roadbed that was mis-identified years ago as a proposed Truck Route.

Currently the Hampden Shuttle runs about 15 times during daylight hours (rough estimate).
The proposed bus line would run approximately 40 times during daylight hours (rough estimate).

The WCA is formulating a letter to the Govenor and MTA in response to the proposal as it affects Woodberry.  We would appreciate your thoughts.

We summarized changes proposed in the Woodberry area.  Here is the link-  BaltimoreLink-announcement-1

You can also comment directly to the MTA, please click this link for the MTA survey, or here to discuss changes on MTA’s MySidewalk forum.  The MTA will also be holding public workshops.