Tonny Wambugu Carrie Baniszewski Nicole Orr Jane Bucceri Valerie Crosby Roger Wood Laura Dykes Candace Bruno Kurt Sommer Gigi Lazard Win Willis Zarva Taru Rason Taru Keith Ashley Watson



Approval of January Minutes – Jane Bucceri makes a motion to approve the minutes, Valerie makes second, minutes approved

Goals/Priorities/Incentives for 2023

  • Permit expedition with Housing Committee
    • Permit taskforce
      • Carrie is working on getting someone from the Permit Office to come to next month’s meeting
      • Nicole Orr – talk to Patel or Jason Hessler
      • make sure the owner of the properties contact info is in the City’s e-file system so they are copied on all City responses to ensure the contractors, engineers, architects are being responsive
  • Business Roundtable
  • Business Highlights
  • CHAP Historic District lead in a more equitable way
  • Local lenders refusing to lend to Baltimore Street projects
    • NIIF’s willing to come talk to the committee has threshold of $750,000 project
    • BCL should come to the committee to explain their hesitancy to loan on W. Baltimore St
    • Kurt – lenders are looking for scalability, find a way to tell the full story of the revitalization on W. Baltimore St, make a list of projects that are moving forward
    • Rason – the way WBS is perceived is one of the reasons getting financing is hard, until the issues diminish it is high-risk and high exposure for any lender
    • Kurt – how can we bring technical assistance resources to the area
    • City’s Boost Program – is it just downtown?  Carrie to follow up
  • Showcase of businesses
  • Vacant properties through tax sale
  • Business directory 
  • Retail Study Followup


  • Pigtown Mainstreet Updates – Meghan
  • West Baltimore Street/Capital Projects Updates – Carrie
  • CPBO Updates

Chair Responsibilities

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