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Maryland Kicks-off Community Development Week at 100-year-old Theater in Baltimore’s Station North

Secretary Holt and Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano. The week celebrates the strong partnerships between Governor Larry Hogan’s administration and local governments across the state.Secretary Holt and Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano. The week celebrates the strong partnerships between Governor Larry Hogan’s administration and local governments across the state.

Secretary Holt and Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano. The week celebrates the strong partnerships between Governor Larry Hogan’s administration and local governments across the state.Secretary Holt and Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano. The week celebrates the strong partnerships between Governor Larry Hogan’s administration and local governments across the state.

BALTIMORE – For decades, the long abandoned Parkway Theatre stood at the corner of North and Charles streets, forlorn and forgotten; a faded remnant from a Baltimore whose time had come and gone.

Today, it is a symbol of a Baltimore reborn.

Thus it was that the Community Development Network of Maryland chose the Parkway Theatre on Monday to kick-off Community Development Week, Oct. 19-28, joined by Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt and city officials.

Throughout the week, the Hogan administration and its partners will highlight the significant social and economic impact of state-funded initiatives through programs such as Community Legacy and Neighborhood BusinessWorks.

One such project is Baltimore’s Parkway Theatre. Parkway was built in 1915 in the architectural tradition of the grand old opera houses of an even earlier age. When the reclamation project is completed next year, it will be the future home of the Maryland Film Festival and stand as the cornerstone of a broad revitalization effort in Station North that will bring visitors and new vitality to central Baltimore. Since 2008, the department has awarded more than $3.5 million in neighborhood revitalization assistance to support projects in the area, including more than $2.2 million in Community Legacy awards.

Monday, Secretary Holt said Governor Hogan is committed to working with local governments and organizations such as the Community Development Network to strengthen local economies by helping Maryland cities and towns boost homeownership, attract small businesses, create jobs and revitalize Main Streets.

Baltimore’s Parkway Theatre, built in 1915, is being renovated and will become the new home of the Maryland Film Festival.

Baltimore’s Parkway Theatre, built in 1915, is being renovated and will become the new home of the Maryland Film Festival.