This month’s general membership meeting will be on Tuesday, September 16th, 7:30pm at The Belvedere.
Our focus will be to meet the candidates for the District 11 seat vacated by Bill Cole. In addition, Bikemore will be present to provide an update on the planned bicycle lanes through Mt. Vernon.
There is an important liquor license enhancement request for the formerly Five Seasons Restaurant, now known as Hot Spots, for a request to remain open after 2am to serve breakfast until 6am, 7 days a week. Hot Spots is located in the Guilford Avenue Shopping Center, at Guilford and Madison. Approval of the request could be problematic for the immediate residents in the community. Please attend and voice your opinion on the issue. The hearing is scheduled for this Thursday, September 18th, on the 11am docket at City Hall, Rm 215.
Tree Fund Fundraiser at City Café
Our thanks to Gino Cardinale and the Staff of City Café for hosting the very successful Tree Fundraiser in the front bar of City Café on September 10, from 6-9pm. Gino generously donated 50% of the bar receipts during event, whose proceeds will be used to pay for gator bags, mulch, and compost needed for newly planted trees in the neighborhood.
Fall Tree Planting & Maintenance Events – Save the Dates!
Meet the Candidates
At the upcoming General Membership meeting, MVBA has invited all of the candidates to date that have formally announced their intentions as a replacement for Bill Cole, who vacated his City Council seat for District 11 at the end of August.
Bikemore, a group leading an effort to provide significant bike lanes on City Streets, especially through Mount Vernon on Maryland Avenue and Madison Street, will be present at the General Membership meeting to provide an update on the current plans and solicit input from the community. MVBA has learned that in the process, anywhere from 150-300 parking spaces on Maryland Avenue and Madison Street could be lost to the planned lanes, raising concerns about the current design. Lack of sufficient community input has also been a concern.
Graffitti Artist Arrested and Convicted
The culmination of a lengthy Graffiti investigation into the rash ofgraffiti markings & tags found on various properties and businesses located in the Mt. Vernon, Midtown – Belvedere, Station North and Central District business and residential communities, conducted by the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office and the BCPD, resulted in the arrest and trial of the graffiti artist. The Defendant pled Guilty to the Top Count of MDP Scheme + $1000 and received 3 yrs. to the Division of Corrections suspending all but 60 days incarceration beginning August 26th, 2014 w/ 3 yrs. of Supervised Probation upon release including drug / alcohol / mental health screening and treatment as directed. Additionally, the Defendant will have to complete 300 hours of community service w/ the Graffiti Abatement Unit.
City Launches New Parking Rules to Discourage Theft of Disability Placards
July 24th marked the official kickoff of Project SPACE, a program requiring all drivers who utilize on-street parking in the downtown business district to pay the parking meter-even if a disability placard or tag is displayed. Project SPACE aims to eliminate theft and abuse of disability placards, create more accessible parking for people with disabilities, and increase the general availability of on-street parking. For more information on Project SPACE, visit www.MoreSpace4All.com.
Nouveau Contemporary Goods Signs Lease, Plans to Return to Mount Vernon.
Nouveau Contemporary Goods, Baltimore’s premier destination for modern home furnishings, has announced that it is moving from Belvedere Square back to the City’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood. Nouveau co-owners Steve Appel and Lee Whitehead have leased 2,300 square feet at 10 West Eager Street (next to City Café) and plan to reopen the store in late October 2014.
Center Stage Annual Open House
On September 27th from 10am-2pm at Center Stage, we’ll open our doors for our annual open house, Backstage @ Center Stage! This FREE event is a great opportunity to show your appreciation for the arts, dive into our exciting theatrical season, and have a fun-filled afternoon! Bring the family and get a behind-the-scenes look at how theater is made, dress up in some costumes from past productions, check out a workshop in stage combat or stage makeup, interact with local artists, face painters, and much more!
September 10-September 16.
City Endorses Insurance Program for Sewer Lines
Just as much of the public water and sewer lines in the City are old and at or nearing the end of their useful lives, the lines on private property are also subject to failure. Optional service plans now available through HomeServe USA, who offer low-cost protection against broken or impaired lines, which can cost thousands of dollars to fix.
Water meter upgrades for Baltimore City, County customers
August 5, 2014 (Baltimore, MD) – Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Rudolph S. Chow, P.E., announced today the automated water meter upgrade program, known as BaltiMeter, will begin the first week of September with installations in the City’s Mount Vernon and Pimlico neighborhoods.
Baltimore Book Festival
September 26-28, Inner Harbor. The mid-Atlantic’s premier celebration of the literary arts features more than 200 celebrity and local authors, readings, workshops, children’s activities, panel discussions, cookbook demonstrations, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, live music, food and more. www.baltimorebookfestival.org
Last RPP Pick-up Session
The last of the three pick-up sessions for residential parking permits will take place on Tuesday, September 23, from 5:30pm to 8pm at the offices of the Midtown Community Benefits District, 1221 N Calvert St. Pick-up sessions are for renewals only that have been paid for in advance. No applications for new permits can be taken. Be sure to bring appropriate documentation with you, especially, Drivers License and Vehicle Registration. For more information, call the Parking Authority at 443-573-2800.
This year’s annual election involves filling one Director’s seat on the board of directors. If you are interested in participating on MVBA’s board of directors, please forward your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.