Homewood Community Partners Initiative
Launched by Johns Hopkins University in December 2012, the Homewood Community Partners Initiative is an economic development strategy prepared and implemented in partnership with residents, business leaders, nonprofit organizations, institutions, and government. Focused on 10 neighborhoods around the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, HCPI is driven by 29 action-oriented recommendations. President Ronald J. Daniels pledged $10 million over five years towards the estimated cost of $60 million to implement the recommendations.
The overall strategy for this vibrant urban center includes attracting 3,000 new households to the area over the course of 10 years by creating exciting, accessible retail shops and arts, entertainment, and cultural institutions with a strong residential real estate market, high-caliber amenities, and quality public schools.
Since the launch of HCPI, Johns Hopkins University has led or supported a variety of projects in the area, including the fall 2016 launch of the Explore the Core branding, marketing, and promotions campaign, which focuses on attracting shoppers, dining customers, arts patrons, new residents, and capital investment across HCPI. Other endeavors include:
- The December 2016, Johns Hopkins and its partners launched the Central Baltimore Future Fund, a $10 million real estate loan pool for developers who are producing high-impact real estate projects within HCPI.
- Johns Hopkins Community Physicians leased a 30,000-square-foot space in Remington Row, helping the developer secure financing for the mixed use building with a parking garage, street-level retail, office space, and 108 market rate apartments.
- September 2016 marked the second year of the Whiting School of Engineering’s 10-year partnership with Barclay Elementary/Middle School, focusing on an engineering and computer science curriculum.
- Johns Hopkins School of Education is expanding and arts-integration partnership with Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle school.
- Both of these partnerships include professional development for teachers, staff support, enhanced curriculum, upgraded technology, programming both inside and outside of the classroom, and a wide array of curriculum-related collaborations.
- Since 2013, Johns Hopkins has granted $380,000 to support 30 neighborhood-driven Spruce Up Grant projects that attracted an additional $2.3 million in investments. Projects include more than 170 curbside trees; improvements to several small parks, gardens, greenspaces, and play areas; new pedestrian lighting and public art; and new gathering spots, including one based around a large fire pit.
- Johns Hopkins helped create the 29th Street Community Center, now a hub of afterschool, weekend, and summertime activity.
- The university secured a $5 million grant that enabled long vacant and historic Parkway Theater to undergo a $16 million renovation. It’s now home to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Film Center, creating a major destination in the Station North Arts District.
- The university relocated its undergraduate film program into the Centre Theater on North Avenue in the heart of the Station North Arts District. The 66,000-square-foot building is now fully occupied after being vacant for 20 years. Tenants include the Impact Hub, an innovation lab and business incubator; the Baltimore Jewelry Center, several community-serving nonprofits, and multi-player game developer Sparky Pants.