Brooklyn and Curtis Bay Residents Collaborate with City Government to Plan for the Future of Small Towns in the City

Special to the Chronicle

The Brooklyn and Curtis Bay Coalition will host a free public meeting to launch its partnership with the City of Baltimore to develop a Strategic Neighborhood Action Plan (SNAP) on Saturday, May 17. The event will be held from 10 am-12 noon at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Brooklyn. Refreshments will be provided and free transportation can be arranged by calling 410.355.1100.

Mayor Martin O'Malley notified the Brooklyn and Curtis Bay communities in January 2003 that they had been selected by the City as one of six neighborhood clusters to participate in the first round of SNAP. Under SNAP, city agencies and other partners will work closely with neighborhood residents to outline neighborhood priorities, target resources appropriately and identify specific action times for implementation. This partnership will also give the Coalition the opportunity to have the plan adopted by the City with specific implementation commitments included in the plan.

"SNAP offers the residents of Brooklyn and Curtis Bay a unique opportunity to work with the City to build on our assets and shape a vibrant future," said Richard G. Anderson, President of the Coalition. He noted that the agenda for the public meeting includes introductions and an overview from Coalition and Baltimore City Department of Planning staff. Neighborhood residents will then participate in small group discussions to identify community assets, target specific areas for action and identify next steps.

Anderson explained that this meeting is the first of two public meetings that the Coalition will be holding to develop the SNAP, which will include as part of the final product a 10-year vision for the future of Brooklyn and Curtis Bay.

"There has been a great deal of interest in SNAP by members of our community," said Patrick W. Moylan, president of the Concerned Citizens for a Better Brooklyn, one of two community associations affiliated with the Coalition. "Because Brooklyn has so many strengths, we look forward to using this process to focus our energies to build on them."

Linda A. Bardo, president of the Community of Curtis Bay Association, said, "This opportunity will help us to improve our existing housing, beautify our neighborhood and make our streets safer. Our goal is to greatly improve the quality of life for the great residents of Curtis Bay and attract new homeowners as well."

The Brooklyn and Curtis Bay Coalition is a nonprofit community development corporation whose mission is to "stabilize and improve the communities of Brooklyn and Curtis Bay. The Coalition will unite community organizations of both neighborhoods to focus on long-range solutions to a number of challenges they share. Housing and economic development are primary concerns."

For more information contact the Coalition at 410-355-1100, visit baybrook.net, or write via email: bcbcinc@aol.com.

The Benjamin Franklin Middle School is at 1201 Cambria. From Potee or Hanover Streets, travel east on Patapsco Avenue and turn south on West Bay Avenue. The school is on West Bay Avenue between Cambria and Washburn Avenue.

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This story was published on May 13, 2003.