Friday, August 12, 2016

R. House Food Service Jobs, Seawall Holds Job Fair, Posts Online Job Application

Fun, hardworking, and committed to having a great time. Sound like you or someone you know? Come out to our job fair this MONDAY 8/15 from 4:30-6 PM @ 301 W 29th St. to meet the chefs!

Currently hiring for servers, bartenders, bussers, and dishwashers. Application here: bit.ly/2aWYIlT

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Special Food Pantry at Margaret Brent This Friday at Noon




There will be a school food pantry distribution this Friday, July 15, at noon in Margaret Brent cafeteria. This distribution is open to the community. Spread the word and please bring bags if you have them.

Dumpster This Saturday

Cleanup time! The city will provide a dumpster for residents to use for all sorts of household trash (including bulk items) this Saturday, July 16. The dumpster will arrive at W. 26th St. & Huntingdon Ave around 8:30am and stay till it is full. Residents only please, commercial haulers/dumpers will be turned away.
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Monday, July 11, 2016

Join the Campaign for Fair Development


As Remington develops, neighbors are increasingly asking what the changes will mean for them and their place in the community. This summer, United Workers and the Baltimore Housing Roundtable are partnering with GRIA to explore issues of housing and development in the neighborhood. United Workers, through BHR, is working to build a movement for permanently affordable quality housing and community-driven development that meets our basic needs. Together, these groups are knocking on doors and talking to residents about their concerns with housing.

The survey is asking neighbors about their experiences with changes to rental prices or property taxes, if they’re interested in owning a home in the neighborhood, and if they would like to be involved in working with a team of residents to explore a community-driven housing initiative.

Interested in joining this process and talking to your neighbors? Please join our Organizing & Education committee for canvassing every Thursday and Friday night. Contact Adriana Foster if you would like to join, by e-mail, Adriana@unitedworkers.org, or telephone, (210) 825-9925.

We would also like to invite everyone to the next GRIA community meeting on Wednesday, July 20 at 7pm for a Housing Speak-Out! This will be a space for Remington community members to voice their concerns around housing and development in the neighborhood and come together to explore community-driven approaches to affordable housing for our neighborhood.



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A New Little Free Library at Guardian Angel

The Little Free Library program aims to encourage reading and literacy.


Volunteers at Guardian Angel this week installed a Little Free Library at the church's parish house, 2629 Huntingdon ave. The library's theme is Food & Faith. 

The idea is similar to the "take a penny, leave a penny" jar at your local hardware store. There is no fee or membership involved and if you want to keep a book from the Little Free Library, you should feel free to do so. If you want to add a book to the offerings, just pop it in there. 

Guardian Angel parishioners will curate and resupply the library as needed with books that address the theme, such as cookbooks and books on philosophy and religion, 

The library was built, decorated, and donated by the Baltimore Campaign for Grade Level Reading.

Church members install the library at 2629 Huntingdon ave.
 

Wyman Park Playground Renovation Funded, Learn More on July 20 at 6pm

Friday, July 1, 2016

Charmington's to Seek Packaged Goods Liquor License




Charmington's Cafe will seek a license to sell alcoholic beverages for off-site consumption. If approved, the move would not allow patrons to drink at Charmington's, but would allow the cafe to offer carry-out beer, wine, and liquor Mondays through Saturdays.

The license would be a transfer of the license formerly held by nearby Sterling's Seafood, which operated on W. 29th Street for more than 30 years. Seawall Development acquired the license during the 2015 auction of Sterling's. The company also owns the building in which Charmington's operates at the intersection of W. 26th Street and Howard Street.

Since Sterling's closed and full-service Sav-It Liquors, formerly on 29th, shut down in January, the only places to purchase alcohol in Remington have been bars with carry-out rights such as the Dizz and Long John's Pub.

The license transfer will require the approval of the city liquor board, and residents will have opportunities to voice their opinion in that public process.

Charmington's announced the initiative online on July 1.
"Hello neighbors! I'm writing to let you all know that today, Charmington's submitted an application for a Class A-BWL liquor license. This would be a transfer from what used to be Sterling's packaged goods license, and would be a very similar use from before - a restaurant which also sells alcohol for consumption only off-premises.
If the application and transfer goes through, we would continue to operate as we do now (a light fare cafe), with the addition of some TO-GO ONLY beer, wine, and possibly a very small selection of liquors - we have very limited space for these sales since our primary use as a cafe would note change, so we need to limit our selections. Most likely we would be offering mostly local beers, wines, and liquors. This is a 6 day packaged goods license, so we would be selling these items only Monday-Saturday, though we would continue to be open on Sundays for our regular sales.
If the application is accepted, we will probably be getting a public hearing with the liquor board sometime in the next 6-8 weeks. We will continue to update you on hearing dates. If you live within a few blocks of Charmington's, you can expect to see a flyer or hear me knocking at your door very soon.
We will be seeking testimony at this hearing either in person or in writing, and we will also be creating a petition soon for you to sign if you are in support of this license transfer.
Please email me at amanda@charmingtons.com if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions about the license or our current and intended operations. We want this to be a service to the community, so it's important to hear from those who live here!
Thanks and have a great 4th of July weekend!"

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Remembering Demetrius Mallisham

By Craig Bettenhausen

Remington has lost a friend. Demetrius Mallisham, 46, was our representative in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods. Mallisham took ill suddenly despite seeming good health and died of multiple organ failure associated with pancreatitis on April 28th.

A frequent sight at events and meetings around Remington, Mallisham had a hand in most of the good things that have happened for Remington in recent years. He was skilled at building direct collaboration between residents and city employees to get things done. He was a cheerful, warm, and calming person who will be sorely missed here and in the other communities he served.

“He followed up, showed up, and obviously loved the people and neighborhoods he so diligently served,” said City Council member Mary Pat Clarke. “Demetrius was too young and too joyful to be taken from us, leaving us shocked and grieving at such a tragic loss to family, colleagues, and community alike.”

“Demetrius will be sorely missed as an advocate for Remington and as a wonderful and cheerful presence in our meetings,” said 27th Street resident Wynn Engle-Pratt.

GRIA president Ryan Flanigan said, “He went to bat for Remington in the face of tremendous opposition and did so without ever compromising his loyalty to the mayor he worked for. It is public servants like him that push our city to be the place we dream it can be.”

Huntingdon Avenue resident William Hellmann recalls running into Mallisham at a public meeting about slumlords. Hellmann was a tenant of a slumlord and lost around three years of personal documents in the fallout from leaving. Mallisham stepped in and helped him work with city agencies to recover and replace what was possible. “He cared about his work and cared about people.” Hellmann said.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement, “All of us who worked with, and loved, Demetrius knew him as being constantly upbeat, enthusiastic and eager to help,” she said. “For someone who was not originally from Baltimore city, he made Charm City his home. I will never forget the number of times I joined a neighborhood event and saw him joyfully interacting with community members and children. What a champion of our city.”





Monday, May 23, 2016

Parking Study for Lower Remington


By Jed Weeks, GRIA board member

Parking issues have long existed in Lower Remington, where hard-working industry shares streets with houses on almost every block and where many homeowners own more than one vehicle, each of which is wider than the typical rowhome. The recent additions of Clavel (a restaurant) and WC Harlan (a bar) to Lower Remington are welcomed by GRIA, but we also understand that they may bring further parking challenges to the neighborhood.

As a result of these concerns, GRIA, in partnership with the owners of Clavel and WC Harlan, has asked the Department of Transportation and the Parking Authority of Baltimore City to investigate increasing parking on Huntingdon Avenue south of 23rd Street by either installing reverse-angle parking or allowing parking on the west side of Huntingdon. GRIA has also asked for an audit of signage and meters on 23rd and Sisson Streets to see if there are additional spaces that could be used by residents.

If you are interested in participating in these discussions, please attend the GRIA Land Use & Zoning meetings the first Tuesday of every month at 2604 Sisson St. (the Price Modern showroom and office) or the GRIA meeting the third Wednesday of every month at Kromer Hall.



Saturday, May 21, 2016

Rite Aid Coming to Remington

A view inside the 606-sq.-ft. Lorraine model, which rents for $1,175 to $1,400.
By Craig Bettenhausen 

Remington Row, the mixed-use building nearing completion on Remington Avenue between W. 27th and W. 28th street will be anchored by a 8,000 sq. ft., full-service Rite Aid. The drugstore will be located on the W. 28th street corner.

Rumors had been circulating that the development would feature a pharmacy ever since it was announced last year that the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians (JHCP) will lease the entire second floor of the building. The multispecialty medical practice is currently located in the Wyman Park Medical Center on W. 31st Street along with a pharmacy-only Rite Aid. Seawall Development, which owns Remington Row and nearby R. House, confirmed that Rite Aid is the tenant in mid-May.

Remington Row, which sits across Remington Avenue from the 7-11, will have retail on the bottom floor. Mend Acupuncture is also confirmed as a tenant, and the other slots are under negotiation now.

One hundred and eight apartments will take up the rest of the building above the retail and medical practice levels. Below ground, a garage holds around 260 parking spots for residents. Prices for the units range from $1,175 for a 1 bed 1 bath 606 sq. ft. unit to $2,100 for a 2 bed 2 bath 1,200 sq. ft. model. Around half of the apartments are already leased out, according to Seawall employees. Residents will begin moving in in July; the retail and JHCP tenants will start moving in this fall.

A block north, on the 2800 block of Remington Avenue, the renovation of the old Anderson Auto Body into a food hall named R. House is to open in late 2016. Seawall describes R. House as “an incubator for innovative food concepts.”

The main floor of R. House will have a large common seating area ringed by 10 stalls where a variety of chefs will ply their trade. Seawall will operate a bar in that same space. Three food concepts have been announced so far:

Stall 11, by chef Melanie Molinaro, will serve up locally sourced vegetarian cuisine styled after street food along with fresh juices and small-batch goods.

Ground & Griddled, by chef Dave Sherman, will focus on eggs sandwiches and coffee as well as lunch and weekend brunch.

ARBA, by chef Farid Salloum, will have classic Mediterranean street food such as falafel and shawarma alongside adventurous meals like grilled octopus salad.

Above the food hall area, R. House will also contain offices and Movement Lab, a fitness studio that will offer a range of classes and activities for all ages, body types, and ability levels.

Outside of Parts & Labor, workers are reconfiguring the intersection of W. 26th street and Howard Avenue to install a public patio and firepit. The firepit will be managed and maintained by P&L staff and diners will have use of the seating, but the patio and firepit are public amenities that anyone can use at will.

Hampden’s Old Bank Barbers will open a second location in a corner store building owned by Seawall at the intersection of Lorraine Avenue and Howard Street. A basic men’s haircut at the current location is $17.

In non-Seawall news, a new unisex hair salon signed a lease at 2801 Huntingdon ave. on May 11.

And finally, a STEM-focused (science, technology, engineering, and math) daycare center is slated to open its doors in June at Guardian Angel. Leap-a-Level learning center is a separate entity from the church and will be located on the lower level, where Headstart used to be. Basic tuition for a three-year-old is $160/week. Applications are open now. For more information, visit www.leapalevellearningcenter.com or call (443) 961-4446.

Below: Photos from the Remington Row open house.















Friday, May 20, 2016

Election Results

Baltimore held it’s primary election on April 26. For most city offices, the Democratic nominee generally wins.

The city office results are reported below as certified by the city board of elections. However, the state Board of Elections decertified the results and is conducting a precinct-by-precinct review. The overall results will likely stay the same in most races, but the very tight race for the 12th city council district could be up in the air.

State Senator Catherine Pugh won the mayoral race by a 3% margin over former mayor Shelia Dixon.

Robert Stokes Jr. (shown) won the open 12th District seat on the Baltimore City Council with just 325 votes separating him from second-place finisher Kelly Cross of nearby Old Goucher. Stokes is currently a staffer for outgoing Councilman Carl Stokes (no relation), who gave up his seat to run for mayor.

Mary Pat Clarke won reelection to her seat easily, taking home almost 90% of the vote in the 14th district.

In the US Senate race, Montgomery County congressman Chris Van Hollen won the Democratic primary in a heated race against Prince George’s County congresswoman Donna Edwards. Van Hollen is favored in the general election, where he will face Republican Kathy Szeliga, who currently represents parts of Baltimore and Harford Counties in Maryland House of Delegates (the lower house of the state legislature).

Baltimore City supported Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for President by more than a 2:1 margin and Donald Trump for the Republican nod with a 10% lead on his nearest rival.

On the very-local level, GRIA also held elections in April. The organization elected its board as a slate because there were no contested races.

Ryan Flanigan will serve a second term as president, Molly McCullagh stepped up to vice president, Nellie Power will take over as treasurer, and Julie Dael will continue as secretary. Andrew Black, Craig Bettenhausen, MaryAnne Kondratenko, Bill Cunningham, Jed Weeks, and Blaine Carvalho are joined on the board by new members Raymond DeBarge Jr. and Joshua Greenfeld. DeBarge inaugurates a new position on the board: youth representative.



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Dumpster This Saturday

Cleanup time! The city will provide a dumpster for residents to use for all sorts of household trash (including bulk items) this Saturday, May 21. The dumpster will arrive at W. 26th St. & Huntingdon Ave around 8:30am and stay till it is full. Residents only please, commercial haulers/dumpers will be turned away.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A Fresh Look for Remington’s Largest Playground



By Rose Reis

You know the playground at the end of Miles and 30th street, behind the Greater Faith Baptist Church? The play space that backs up to Wyman Park, with its lofty trees and meandering Stony Run creek below? If you have children, they probably race around the playground, climb the stairs, careen down the red slides. If you have a dog, you probably come to the adjacent green some mornings and evenings to play fetch. If you have kids attending the GreenMount School, they likely spend hours here every week, playing tag, swinging, and jostling to get on the monkey bars.

The playground was built in 2005 and is one of the most heavily used playgrounds on Department of Recreation & Parks property, according to department records. Although the existing structures are sound (albeit graffitied), the variety of equipment is limited, and its current appearance is less than inspiring.

A group of neighbors wondered if it had to be so. They contacted the city and found out that Recreation & Parks had already budgeted to replace the rubber surface, the most expensive portion of a playground renovation. We applied for additional funding from several local foundations and have been working with Seawall Development to fundraise in the local business community (R.W. Fewster Painting Co. on Fox Street is among those who have pledged their support).

Using feedback from more than 60 neighbors who took a survey, a survey of schoolchildren using the space, input from other users, and feedback at a community forum, we developed several key objectives for the renovation:

  • Provide additional play space that is safe and attractive for children 2–5, which represents the needs of the majority of local residents, according to a late-2015 neighborhood survey.
  • Strengthen a neighborhood meeting place for a wide range of residents including older children and teenagers, dog walkers, and other park users.
  • Provide diverse passive and active recreational opportunities to teenagers and adults by installing new features such as a ping pong or other game table, picnic tables, benches, and play equipment.
  • Enliven playground by installing a ground mural designed by local artists
  • Redevelop green space immediately surrounding park to reinforce the recreational opportunities, including new fencing and dynamic landscape design with natural and donated natural elements incorporated such as small hills, boulders, and logs.

We hope to bring you good news in the coming months as our fundraising campaign continues! Please contact Rose Weeks (rose.reis@gmail.com) if you would like to make a suggestion or get involved in planning for the playground renovations.