EBDI and Mayor Sheila Dixon Show Off New Housing Options to by yurtgc548


									                                                                                                                                May 2009

EBDI and Mayor Sheila Dixon
Show Off New Housing Options
to Enthusiastic Crowd
The sunny sky, unseasonable warmth,         After enjoying refreshments, many
and mellow music of the Winston Jazz        community residents took a hard-
Ensemble only added to the excitement       hat tour of the first five units under
on Saturday, April 25 as community res-     construction at The Townes at Eager,
idents, partners, board members, Mayor      an A&R Development project along
Sheila Dixon, and other dignitaries         Eager Street. These quickly-rising          Mayor Sheila Dixon greets community
                                                                                        member Mack Jackson.
gathered to cut the ribbon on EBDI’s        townhouses with garages are the
green rehab model home at 1714 East         first phase of a planned 49-unit
Chase Street.                               homeownership development.

Visitor flocked inside to inspect the       Also open were three rental projects,
stunning transformation only hinted         including a selection of the high qual-
at on the freshened exterior and found      ity units nearing completion at Chapel
a rowhouse totally remade and ready         Green, a Pennrose Properties mixed-in-
for the future, with energy-saving          come project that blends new construc-
features such as Energy Star windows        tion with historic rehab; and two Shel-
and appliances, a reflective roof, and      ter Development projects completed in
a tankless hot water heater, items that     2007, including Ashland Commons, a
will be standard in the for-sale re-        building devoted to workforce housing
habbed units on East Chase and              for families; and Park View at Ashland      An eager crowd waits to tour the green
McDonogh streets.                           Terrace, a residence for senior citizens.   model home.

Jack Shannon Feted at Farewell Event                                                      In This Issue
On April 30, residents, partners, staff
                                                                                          EBDI Shows Off New Housing .... 1
and board members of the EBDI com-
munity paid a heartfelt tribute to Jack
                                                                                          EBDI Bids Jack Shannon
Shannon on his final day as CEO and
                                                                                          Farewell ....................................... 1
president. Speakers at the event, includ-
ing Joseph Haskins, Jr., Chairman of
                                                                                          School News ................................ 3
the EBDI Board; Carolyn Blakeney,
Assistant Deputy Mayor; Paul Graziano,
                                                                                          Meet the EBDI Team ................... 3
Housing Commissioner for the City of
Baltimore; Tony Cipollone, Vice Presi-
dent of the Annie E. Casey Foundation;                                                    Calendar of Community
                                                                                          Events and Meetings .................. 4
Sally MacConnell, Vice President of
the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health
                                                                                          Photos: Mikal Veale, Donna Beth Joy Shapiro
System; Trudy Perkins, representing
                                                                                          and Ken Royster.
Congressman Elijah Cummings; and            Jack Shannon, outgoing CEO, is greeted by
                                            Donald Cheek as Christopher Shea, interim
                     Continued on page 2    CEO, looks on.

       EBDI Shows Off New Housing
                                                                          Shannon farewell
         to an Enthusiastic Crowd                                         continued from page 1

                                                                          Verna Jones, Maryland State Senator, told the overflow crowd
                                                                          that Mr. Shannon, EBDI’s first CEO and president, laid the
                                                                          foundation for the project’s success and expressed gratitude
                                                                          for his unrelenting passion, commitment, and leadership. The
                                                                          audience was reminded that Mr. Shannon saw “abandoned
                                                                          buildings, not abandoned dreams” and began the project with
                                                                          few resources, but throughout his six years was able to forge
                                                                          important partnerships that continue to enable a comprehen-
                                                                          sive and thoughtful re-imagination of the neighborhood for
                                                                          the future.

                                                                                                                     In February, after
                                                                                                                     much delibera-
                                                                                                                     tion, Mr. Shannon
                                                                                                                     announced his deci-
                                                                                                                     sion to step down to
Lee Beaudouin of A&R Development greets visitors taking a hard hat tour                                              allow “a new set of
of The Towns at Eager housing development.
                                                                                                                     eyes” to protect and
                                                                                                                     advance EBDI’s mo-
                                                                                                                     mentum and “meet
                                                                                                                     the next set of chal-
                                                                                                                     lenges.” Christopher
                                                                          Jack Shannon is flanked by Daisey Jackson  Shea, Vice President
                                                                          (left) and Ethel Burris (right).           for Policy and Plan-
                                                                                                                     ning, was named by
                                                                          the EBDI board to assume the presidency temporarily while a
                                                                          national search for a new leader is conducted. Mr. Shea joined
                                                                          EBDI in January 2007 after serving for three years as the City
                                                                          of Baltimore’s Deputy Housing Commissioner for Develop-
                                                                          ment. Mr. Haskins emphasized the selection of Mr. Shea in-
                                                                          sures continuity and stability for the organization as the pace
                                                                          of progress and planning accelerates. The next four months
                                                                          will see the opening and ongoing construction of three hom-
                                                                          eownership and rental housing developments; the launch of
EBDI staffer Lelia Kimbrough, sons Corian Bell, 11, Kelin Kimbrough, 6,
                                                                          the East Baltimore Community School (EBCS) at a temporary
and Mayor Sheila Dixon in the green rehab model home dining room.
                                                                          site; and demolition on the site of EBCS’s permanent building,
                                                                          the first new Baltimore City Public School System building in
                                                                          over 30 years.

                                                                          In addressing the “deliberate, methodical, and thoughtful
                                                                          search,” now underway, Mr. Haskins stressed that the new
                                                                          CEO must possess true leadership abilities; local, state, and
                                                                          federal public sector experience; a background working with
                                                                          diverse populations in an urban environment; fundraising ex-
                                                                          pertise; and a command of private sector real estate develop-
                                                                          ment and financing. He noted that the search committee has
                                                                          already identified “a number of substantial candidates” with
                                                                          qualifications necessary to lead EBDI.

                                                                             Would you rather receive this newsletter
                                                                             electronically? If so, please e-mail Donna Beth
Councilman Bernard “Jack” Young welcomes visitors to the green rehab         Joy Shapiro at donnabethjoy.shapiro@ebdi.org
model home ribbon cutting event.

                    Keeping the Community Informed
                              School News

                             Enrollment Still Open for the
                           East Baltimore Community School
The East Baltimore Community School will open in August          ment through the use of in-depth investigations that engage
2009 with kindergarten, first grade, and fifth grade. Each       students in community, projects, and service. Teachers, par-
grade will have two classes of 23, for an opening total of       ents, staff, and students will work together to create a school
138 students. The school will eventually grow to kindergar-      culture of collaboration, respect, and high expectations. The
ten through eighth grade. The opening staff will include six     curriculum includes math, reading, science, and social stud-
classroom teachers, one special educator, one reading special-   ies, as well as physical, emotional and social health; music;
ist, two kindergarten classroom aides, one paraprofessional,     art; physical education; and Spanish. The school day will be
one office manager/secretary, one principal, one assistant       an hour longer to accommodate an extra hour of acceler-
principal, and the health suite staff. EBDI will operate the     ated learning, plus daily after-school programs in which each
school under a contract with the Baltimore City Public School    student will be strongly encouraged to participate. The school
System. It will be temporarily located in modular structures     will be a member of the Elev8 Baltimore Network, which
on the grounds of the closed Elmer Henderson School on           provides middle-schoolers with extended learning time before
Wolfe Street between Biddle and Chase streets. Residents who     and after school, Saturdays, and in the summer; school health
were relocated and residents who continue to reside in the       services and education, coordinated with the Johns Hopkins
project area were prioritized for enrollment, which is now       Medical Institutions; and family support and encouragement,
open citywide.                                                   coordinated with EBDI.

The school will feature the Expeditionary Learning curricu-      For more information, please call Alex Warrick-Adams at
lum, which is designed to promote critical thinking, skills      410.234.0660 ext. 262
and habits, academic achievement, and personal develop-

                                      Meet The EBDI Team
 LaShea Hunter-DeBique, EBDI’s                                                           As the Front Desk Coordinator at
 newly-minted Family Advocate                                                            1731 East Chase Street, Quiana
 Program Manager, brings broad                                                           James greets most of the commu-
 experience in case management and                                                       nity EBDI serves and it is obvious
 an abundance of compassion to her                                                       she enjoys the interaction with the
 work. A native of Long Island, she                                                      residents. “They keep it interesting
 earned a B.S. in psychology from                                                        for me every single day,” she says
 Morgan State University, and then                                                       with a smile. A Jersey City, New
 gained valuable perspective while                                                       Jersey native, she earned an A.A.
 working in psycho-social rehab,                                                         in public administration from
 substance abuse, mental illness, and                                                    Virginia State University and
 community outreach at Omni House, Inc. and Harbor               then settled in the Baltimore area. After working as an
 City Unlimited. After a four-year stint at the Coalition to     administrative assistant for an accounting firm, she joined
 End Childhood Lead Poisoning, she joined EBDI in 2007           EBDI in 2008. At her front desk post, she greets the public,
 as a Family Advocate. LaShea says the best part of her          directs phone calls, and performs various administrative
 job is when residents call and report their progress and        functions. “I like helping the community and I definitely
 “when residents have everything they need and are in a          feel like I’m contributing.” Quiana and her family reside
 stable place.” LaShea is married, has one daughter and          in Cockeysville.
 two stepsons, and lives in northeast Baltimore City.

    Calendar of Community Events & Meetings
                                                       May 2009
    Date                Event                              Location                  Time
    Tuesday,            East Baltimore Community           1731 E. Chase Street      5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                    Please note
    May 5th             School Parent and
                        Community Engagement
                                                                                                                     change in
                        Meeting                                                                                     Workforce
    Wednesday,          Workforce Wednesdays               1731 E. Chase Street      10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    May 6th                * Modified for May
                             Residents to be referred to
    May 20th
                             Eastside Career Center

    Tuesday,            SMEAC Monthly Meeting              1731 E. Chase Street      6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    May 11th
    Tuesday,            Housing and Relocation             1731 E. Chase Street      5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.         Meetings will
    May 19th            Committee Meeting
                                                                                                                   take place on
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