Callow Avenue

What's new with the Callow Avenue Come Back - Houses finished and going to settlement

2224 Callow Avenue

2224 Callow Avenue

As reported previously, all eight of the initial Callow Avenue houses being redeveloped through the Callow Avenue redevelopment project by the Healthy Neighborhoods-Druid Heights CDC-RHIC partnership are under contract.  Two have gone to settlement as of the time of this writing.  One more is scheduled for settlement this week, and two more are scheduled for later in May.  Two more will settle in June and the last one will go to settlement in July. 

An additional grant from the State of Maryland has allowed the partnership to acquire and rehab for sale four more buildings. One, 2229 Callow Avenue, has been acquired.  Three more on the 2300 block of Callow Avenue are in the process of being acquired. 

For more information on the initiative, Click Here.

To discuss the initiative, contact:  Carl Cleary, (410) 225-7547,


Full Agenda at the April Reservoir Hill Community Meeting - Your Input Needed



Tuesday, 5 April 2016, 6:30 pm
 Eager Howard Recreation Center, 2100 Brookfield Avenue


Community Strategic Investment/INSPIRE

The Baltimore City Department of Planning released the draft recommendations to guide strategic investment around John Eager Howard School in Reservoir Hill. We will be reviewing the INSPIRE recommendations with Planning staff. Your input is very much needed to make sure a plan guiding city investment meets community needs. For more information on this initiative, go to the RHIC website: 

Macht Building Renovation in Reservoir Hill

Matt Herman and Alan Pressman, local developers and residents of Charles Village and Reservoir Hill will be sharing information about their latest historic restoration project of the Park Circle Apartments, Macht Building, along Druid Park Lake Drive.   Matt and Alan will be available to answer questions.

Callow Avenue Redevelopment

All nine of the original houses under redevelopment on the 2200 block of Callow Avenue are already under contract, and the first houses are being completed.  Additional funding is allowing the partners to continue the renovation of Callow Avenue homes.  Come hear about this exciting initiative. Druid Heights CDC personnel will be present to discuss the project.  For more information on this initiative, go to the RHIC website:

Officer William Evans &
Major Eric Russell – Central District Commander

If you have any questions or would like to suggest a topic for a Community Meeting, please call the RHIC office at(410) 225-7547, or write to Rick Gwynallen at


 Reservoir Hill is a Healthy Neighborhoods community

Callow Avenue Houses Under Contract

The future of Callow Avenue

Callow Avenue Houses Under Contract

The first completed houses in the Callow Avenue redevelopment project by the Healthy Neighborhoods-Druid Heights CDC-RHIC partnership will start rolling out this month.  The completion schedule has five houses completed in March, one in April, one in May, and the last one in late June.  Seven of the eight houses being redeveloped are already under contract.  Only 2218 Callow Avenue remains available.  For more information on the initiative, Click Here.

Project Contact:  Carl Cleary, (410)

The Callow Avenue Comeback: Nine Energy Star Qualified Homes Coming to Callow Avenue this Fall

Construction on Callow Avenue is a beautiful sight!

Many have seen the great amount of work taking place along the 2200 block of Callow Ave over the last several months.  The nine home are being renovated through a partnership between RHIC, the Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, and Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc.  Developer Aziz Housseini of the AZ Group said that 50 percent of the homes should be completed by late November.  They will be marketed to households at or below 120 percent area median income.

Not only are the homes being renovated with features that will match the historic character of the neighborhood, they will also include many “green” features. Thomas Gamper, the lead architect working on the project through the firm Schamu, Machowski and Patterson noted that the most environmentally conscious feature of the construction is merely the idea of recycling pre-existing buildings into new homes.  “The greenest building is an existing building,” Gamper said, noting that many of the materials such as the bricks would not need to be extracted and made from raw materials.  And, by being located in an urban neighborhood, these new homes will allow for shorter commute times than if the new owners purchased in the suburbs, and will contribute to a more walkable city.

Many of the homes’ built-in features will also help them to be Energy Star Qualified, and meet other green mandates.  They will have water management plans for both inside and outside the homes, including indoor sump pumps, low water use toilets and low use faucets, and they will have planted areas in front, which will help reduce rainwater run-off.  All mold is being remediated, and lead is being removed from everywhere but the historic exterior cornices.  Light will be brought to the upper stories through solar tubes, which capture sunlight and distribute it through fixtures that look like regular light fixtures.

There are many exciting features of the homes, and at RHIC we are proud to know that this new development will meet the green image that we have been nurturing for the neighborhood.  These new homes and will contribute to a more environmentally sound future for our neighborhood and beyond.


Update on Callow Avenue Revitalization Initiative

The first four houses in this initiative are expected to be completed in October of this year. As it stands now, the houses will range from approximatly $240,000 to a little over $300,000 for the 2 Unit (multi-family) properties.  In the end,at present, there will be nine houses completed. 

Currently, 6 homes range from 3 bedrooms 2.5 baths to 4 bedrooms 3 baths.

Of the 3 properties that will be two-family:

  • Two have an Owners Unit with 3 bedrooms 3 baths and the Apartment unit will be 1 bedroom 1 bath
  • One has an Owners Unit with 3 bedrooms 3 baths and the Apartment has 2 bedrooms 2 baths

The homes will be eligible for a variety of grants and purchase incentives, including but not necessarily limited to:  a CHAP historic tax credit for a ten year freeze of property taxes at pre-renovation values; a $10,000 Vacants to Values grant, and up to a $5,000 NSP2 grant. All grants are subject to approval.

Interested in buying?  Here's the Sales Contact Info:


Update on Callow Avenue Revitalization - More Funds Awarded

To date, seven of the planned eight acquisitions of vacant houses on the 2200 block of Callow Avenue have been completed by Druid Heights CDC.  One more is under contract.  Druid Heights CDC hopes to settle on the property this month. 

Construction plans for the buildings are complete, and bids are due from contractors by the end of this month.  We anticipate that a contractor will be selected by mid-April. And that construction will begin in May.   

And the big news: additional funding has been acquired from the State of Maryland that will allow for acquisition and redevelopment of one more house on the 2200 block of Callow Avenue.  Druid Heights CDC is currently identifying a ninth property for purchase.

For more information contact: Carl Cleary, (410) 225-7547,


Realtor Selected for Callow Avenue Revitalization Project

Michelle Trageser of Berkshire Hathaway has been selected as the realtor for the houses being redeveloped on the 2200 block of Callow Avenue, in the partnership between Healthy Neighborhoods, Druid Heights CDC, and RHIC. 

We expect a contractor or contractors to be selected before the end of March.  There has already been strong early interest in purchasing the houses. 

For background on the project, go to: The Callow Avenue Comeback.

Interested in a Callow Avenue House?  The first step is to call Chloe Williams at Druid Heights CDC:  (410) 523-1350

The Callow Avenue Come Back - A WYPR Broadcast

WYPR aired a story on the initiative by Healthy Neighborhoods, Druid Heights CDC, and RHIC to renovate for sale houses on Callow Avenue.  To listen to the broadcast, click on The Callow Avenue Come Back.

Once a beautiful street of historic homes, the 2200 and the 2300 blocks are the last concentration of vacant house blight in Reservoir Hill.

We intend for vacant, boarded buildings like this:

To become warm, beautiful homes like this: