The Fall 2016 Issue of the Reservoir Hill Report is available!

There's a lot happening in Reservoir Hill!

The 5th Issue of the Reservoir Hill Report, which represents a collaboration between RHIC, New Lens, Beth Am Synagogue/In For Of, Inc., Child First Authority/John Eager Howard at Westside, St. Francis Neighborhood Center, and Whitelock Community Farm, and the No Boundaries Coalition, is now available.  If it has not arrived on your doorstep, it will be there soon!

Help Design Improvements to German Park at the October Reservoir Hill Community Meeting - 25 October

SAVE THE DATE FOR
 THE OCTOBER
 RESERVOIR HILL COMMUNITY MEETING

HELP DESIGN IMPROVEMENTS TO GERMAN PARK

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 - 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
St. Francis Neighborhood Center, 2405 Linden Avenue

The main feature of this session will be a design charrette for significant improvements to GermanPark.  Upgrades to German Park will be a key part of a Community Recreation Initiative resulting from the Community Strategic Investment/INSPIRE planning process.  For more information on this initiative, go to the RHIC website: Community Strategic Investment/INSPIRE

RHIC entered into a contract with Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) to lead a design process that will provide a plan for German Park improvements.  A community team is working with NDC, the Department of Planning, and the Department of Recreation & Parks on the German Park design and the larger recreation initiative. At this meeting the Design team wants to engage people in what is important to the community in creating the plan for German Park improvements.

German Park Needs Your Input – you can join us!

 The session will include the monthly update on John Eager Howard School construction
by members of the construction team and 21st Century Schools.

We look forward to seeing you on the 25 of October

Reservoir Hill Community Meeting on 27 September

RESERVOIR HILL COMMUNITY MEETING
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 - 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Beth Am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place (enter by Chauncey)

[A reminder to all that with John Eager Howard School and recreation center under construction, Reservoir Hill Community Meetings will be held at Beth Am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place during school construction.]

Join us as:

  • Members of the construction team and 21st Century Schools update the community on John Eager Howard School construction.
  • Maryland State Board of Elections demonstrates the new voting machines. Not registered to vote? Come and register on site. (Special note for those registered voters whose polling place has been John Eager Howard Recreation Center. Your new polling place during school construction is the RHIC building at 2001 Park Avenue.)
  • We discuss the redesign of German Park and community recreation initiatives.
  • Kim Fortsyth with Mount Royal Terrace Historic District briefs the meeting on the status of the return of the lights to the historic columns on North Avenue, and the naming of Lady Baltimore Park.

 

 

It was a beautiful summer afternoon and evening - Back2School Bash and Jazzy Summer

The afternoon started with Councilman Mosby's incredible Back2School Bash. Great music, hundred of filled backpacks for the students, and powerful words from Councilman Mosby on the future of our part of the city and the role of all community residents in making that future.

We had some local celebrities in attendance.

The Raven's new Running Back, Terrance West, who grew up in Reservoir Hill, was in the crowd.

The rapper is Lil' Key performed at Councilman Mosby's Back2School Bash. 

Lil' Key performed at all five of the Councilman's Back to School events, performed one year at the Whitelock Community Farm fundraiser at Beth Am as a benefit for the Farm, and is now starring in a show on Lifetime, which did some filming of the event.

RHIC hosted Jazzy Summer Wind Down on the Whitelock Park following Councilman Mosby's Back2School Bash. Diane Postell and Definite Friends Jazz Band played under a beautiful starry sky.  Neighbors ate, drank, and listened to great jazz on a lovely summer evening.  It was a real show of how far Whitelock Street has come in the last 6 years.

 

 

Reservoir Hill's Girl Scout Troop Needs Your Help

Junior Girl Scout Troop 10281 seeks support from our community to help support the cost of field trips, badges, and projects. Since 2013, Troop 10281 has been serving our community by creating mosaics in and resurfacing German Park, painting a Free Little Library erected in Reservoir Hill, and throwing a birthday party for three children living in a homeless shelter. Last year, we celebrated Chinese New Year at the Walters Museum, made dog toy at the MD SPCA, camped in the rain for three days, and learned to row a canoe. 

With your support this year, we hope to attend a BSO performance; learn more about science, technology, engineering and math careers; visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and design a service project to earn our Bronze award. 

You can support our troop by buying Girl Scout cookies and/or making a cash donation in any amount. You can also sponsor a meeting, purchase badges, or sponsor a field trip. We would like to thank Beth AM synagogue and the Riviera Apartments for allowing us to use their space for meetings and Beth Am's Social Action Committee for continued support of our activities. Thank you for your consideration! 

For more information or to make a donation, please contact Octavia Shulman, Troop 10281, Leader at octavia.shulman@gmail.com

We want your thoughts - Take the Reservoir Hill Survey

 

Do you live, work, worship, or play in Reservoir Hill?
Are you interested in improving safety, green spaces, and cleanliness?

We’d love to hear your input! 

Reservoir Hill Improvement Council is surveying residents to find out what they think would make the area a better place to live. There are surveyors circulating through the community, but you can also take the survey online.

Participation in this survey is voluntary and confidential. Your answers will not be connected to you in any way. This online survey will take about 30 minutes.

Please pass this notice along to a neighbor!

Go to the survey link below to take the online survey.
Click Here to Take the Survey

Questions for Reservoir Hill Improvement Council? 
Call (410) 225-7547 email Eli Lopatin at elopatin@reservoirhill.net

Food Justice Conversation TONIGHT

 

Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, and St. Francis Neighborhood Center are hosting a Food Justice Conversation TONIGHT, which is a localized version of the annual Food Justice Forum led by the Baltimarket program of the Baltimore City Health Department. Please join us for this important conversation around food access in Reservoir Hill and Central West Baltimore!

Come to discuss healthy food in our neighborhood, learn about the connection between food and social justice, and come with plans for action!

Funding the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan

Since the launch of the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan, the partners have been promoting the plan widely.  For background on this initiative, a partnership between Druid Heights CDC, Coppin Heights CDC, Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, Neighborhood Design Center, and 7th District City Councilman Nick Mosby, go to the RHIC website.

In recent months the first funds for implementation have started to be put in place.

Tree Canopy Improvements by Blue Water Baltimore

In June 2016, Blue Water Baltimore announced the planting of 225 street trees in the first phase of increasing the West North Avenue tree canopy.  The finished project will include 450 street trees and the removal of three-quarters of an acre of concrete.  The leadership of State Delegates Antonio Hayes and Brooke Lierman, and Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby helped Blue Water Baltimore to achieve funding to implement this aspect of the Master Plan.

Maryland Department of Transportation

This past spring, the Maryland Department of Transportation and Baltimore City Department of Planning met with West North Avenue Partners, including RHIC, Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, Penn North Community Association, Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation, Neighborhood Design Center, Councilman Nick J. Mosby, and No Boundaries Coalition to discuss their application for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant that would significantly help fund the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan. That grant was awarded and Baltimore will receive $10 million to pay for "dedicated bus lanes and new bike facilities, enhancements at Maryland Transit Administration’s (MTA) metro and light rail stations, improvements at major bus stops and sidewalks, streetscaping and roadway re-pavement," for about 5 miles of North Avenue. This is the most significant funding that would implement parts of the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan to date.

Baltimore City Department of Transportation

Baltimore City Department of Transportation has identified an area around Pennsylvania and North for investment that will target some key priorities of the Master Plan.  The target area is North from Carey to just past Woodbrook and on Pennsylvania from just north of the CVS driveway to Cumberland.

The plans include planting 45 street trees, and some tree pits are being widened.  Each tree pit will have the decorative low fencing around it.  There are eight benches and eight trash cans being added to key intersections.  There are 10-15 pedestrian level lights being added on North Avenue from Carey to Woodbrook on both sides of the streets.  This includes new signal mast heads at the intersection, with pedestrian lead countdown signals/timers being added to the intersection.  New curb bump outs (curb extensions) with upgraded ADA surfaces and ramps to shorten the crossing are planned for various intersections.  New, highly visible crosswalks are to be repainted. In addition, DOT is coordinating with the MTA on the latter’s plans for Penn and North as a transfer facility.

The funds to be used are federal funds, so all plans be approved by the federal Highway Administration.  DOT hopes for the work to be bid out in summer 2017.


 

Together, these are tremendous investments that will better connect the neighborhoods along West North Avenue, improve pedestrian use of North Avenue, and contribute to the economic revitalization of West Baltimore.  The works of hundreds of people in producing the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan is coming to fruition.