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Project CORE Violent Crime Reduction Announcement

As part of their ongoing efforts to fight crime in Baltimore and revitalize the city, Mayor Pugh and Governor Hogan will announce a new, fourth phase of Project C.O.R.E. property removal, whereby the state will work with Baltimore City to prioritize demolition activities that facilitate violent crime reduction. This new phase will focus primarily on the removal of blighted, derelict abandoned properties in high-crime areas of the city. This demolition event will be staged in front of abandoned properties in the 1000 block of N. Stockton Street in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore.

The Stockton Street properties are prime examples of the vacant, blighted abandoned structures that contribute to illegal drug sales and use and the violence associated with those activities. As these are exactly the types of properties that inspired Governor Hogan to create the Project C.O.R.E. initiative in response to the City's civil unrest in 2015, the administration has agreed to further assist the City, prioritizing 500+ properties for demolition to be managed by the Maryland Stadium Authority. Since these properties have been vacant for a longer period of time than most, and their owners have not responded to code violation notices, the City believes the owners of these properties are unlikely to challenge the demolition. Due to these factors, The City and Authority believe removal of these properties can be significantly accelerated, with the City expected to begin issuing the first Notices to Proceed to the Authority in late April and demolitions of the properties slated to begin six to eight weeks later after appropriate utility cutoffs and permitting.

When the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development presented the Project C.O.R.E. initiative to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson in November 2017, DHCD's presentation noted that Project C.O.R.E. activities will ultimately help reduce violent crime in Baltimore by 4.8 percent.

Future Use of Site

Abandoned buildings scheduled to be demolished for this event are located in the 1000 block of N. Stockton Street. The removal of these properties will contribute to the development of Smithson Park. Smithson Park is one of the proposed parks included in Baltimore's Green Network Plan, an initiative to foster community revitalization by creating an interconnected system of green spaces throughout the city by replacing vacant abandoned properties with parks, recreation areas, trails, and urban gardens. After demolition, it is expected the City will request additional state investment possibly from both DHCD and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for creation of this park.

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