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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.

Buying into Woodberry

Buying into Woodberry – why should you do this?  Woodberry is a mill village in a modern city.  We are convenient downtown, close to happening Hampden, but have the kind of access to parks you find in the county.  We have homes dating from the 1840’s to the 2000’s and everything in between.  We have restaurants, gyms, and what isn’t in Woodberry is closeby in Hampden.  We are convenient to Light Rail and bus also.

Buying into Woodberry at this link.

Why people choose Woodberry

Why do people choose Woodberry?  We analysed data on Nextdoor to find out and created an infographic of the top 20 responses.

The number one reason people choose to live her are because of the neighbors. People also like that Woodberry is quiet and dog-friendly.  Woodberry’s Woodberry Historic Districts and listings and parks came in fourth and fifth.  People also really like the new restaurants in the area, like Woodberry Kitchen, La Cuchara, and nearby Artifact, Blue Pit, and Birroteca.

We will be at the Live Baltimore Buying into Baltimore event on Saturday, September 26 at Polytechnic High School from 9 am to 1 pm, so if you or someone you know is attending, please check us out!  Woodberry is also on Live Baltimore’s tour schedule, so you may see a future neighbor coming by.

Why people like Woodberry

7 ways to weather proof your home and prevent frozen pipes

Temps are supposed to drop on Friday and that can mean broken or frozen pipes in your home.  Be prepared for the worst with these 7 tips.

  • Leave a thin stream of water run from your basement faucet to help prevent frozen pipes.
  • Turn off hose connections inside the house.  Disconnect hoses from their faucets, as frozen water in hoses can expand and break pipes and fittings.
  • Be sure you know the location of the water shutoff valve in your home. Check it periodically to ensure it works properly.
  • Keep a three day supply of water on hand, which is one gallon per person per day.
  • Insulate pipes in unheated spaces.
  • If you get a frozen pipe, gently warm it with hot air from a blow dryer at the point where it enters your house.
  • Periodically monitor your sump pump. A frozen drain pipe could result in a flooded basement.

City DPW crews are working non-stop to restore water as quickly as possible.  They have 20x the normal amount of calls and are working 12 hour shifts to help everyone get water back.  There is already a broken water main on 41st St that the City has been working on since Wednesday evening, so watch out for slippery conditions and detours.

Stay safe and warm!  Keep your pets inside.  A furry coat doesn’t mean they don’t get cold.  Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, and make sure they are okay.  Nextdoor is another way to keep up to date on what’s happening in Woodberry.  Contact us for an invite.  Also, the 22 bus is being diverted because of the water main break, so click here to see the detour.

Concerned Citizens of Woodberry is now Woodberry Community Association

The Board of Directors of The Concerned Citizens of Woodberry (CCoW) is pleased to announce approval by the State of Maryland to use “The Woodberry Community Association”, as our association name.

“This is a positive development for the community association and one that will enable both current and potential residents to quickly search for and find our social media sites.” says Jim Bomgardner, President of CCoW.  Tracey Brown, CCOW Treasurer adds, “The legal name remains The Concerned Citizens of Woodberry, but  Woodberry Community Association was available and we elected to register that for our use.”  Going forward CCoW will be doing business as The Woodberry Community Association.

The Board is in the process of updating all social media sites.  Please check us out on Facebook

Armed robberies in Woodberry

Woodberry experienced Monday evening and again on Tuesday evening armed robbery events in the TV Hill section. Both incidents involve a white sedan with multiple assailants. Monday evening, a female resident was threatened with a knife, knocked to the ground and roughed up before being robbed. Local residents came to her rescue. On Tuesday evening, a home was entered and robbed. Again, through quick action of residents, the police arrived, made arrests and confiscated a number of weapons from the car. Police report a wide range of incidents occurring in multiple locations and neighborhoods.

Additionally, the group of kids that we have seen in previous years canvasing the streets and alleys for open cars, open windows/doors and bikes/motorcycles have been observed in recent weeks.

Please be observant and report anything suspicious to the Police.

Baltimore Heritage Walking Tour of Woodberry a success!

We just finished the first ever Baltimore Heritage walking tour of Woodberry! Tracey Brown and Sheri Higgins led the tour, created by Baltimore Heritage, through homes and mills, with stops on Clipper Rd, Druid Park Drive, Hooper Mill, and the Overlook homes in Clipper Mill. Props to all of the homeowners and studios who opened their doors!

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Remington Neighborhood update

Over the past two years we have forwarded information regarding planned development for the Remington neighborhood.   The 28th Street Development (Walmart and other commerical/retail/residential) continues AND Seawall continues to invest in the revitalization of Baltimore City.

Check out the two links provided.

http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/blog/real-estate/2013/11/remington-walmart-approved-despite.html?page=all

http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/blog/real-estate/2013/12/seawall-reveals-details-for-its.html?page=all

Jewish association warning about recent email campaign

From the Baltimore Jewish Council

COMMUNITY ALERT

A proselytizing campaign by Israel Restoration Ministries (IRM) has misrepresented the Baltimore Jewish Council (BJC), and other area organizations, including the Baltimore Jewish Times, Jews For Judaism and WMAR-TV2 News. The direct-mail campaign features a postcard bearing the unauthorized use of logos, including that of the Baltimore Jewish Council (BJC).

We stand with our colleagues in condemning IRM’s offensive campaign. We plan to take all appropriate steps so this type of infringement will not happen again.

Rabbi Ron Shulman, President of the Baltimore Jewish Council, said, “members of the Jewish community are incensed that this campaign implies we are party to a conversation that is not taking place. An individual’s beliefs are a matter of personal choice. We sincerely respect the faith of our Christian friends and neighbors, and expect the same from them. Personal belief in Jesus places someone outside of the religious community of Judaism.”

The Baltimore Sun has written an article that covered our initial meeting with IRM. The Baltimore Jewish Times published an article also online yesterday. For more information, please contact the BJC at 410-542-4850.