NOTE: These are draft minutes that have yet to be formally reviewed and approved by the Committee. Once the Committee meets again and reviews these minutes, this page will be updated.




Commercial Development Committee

Southwest Partnership

October 22, 2019



Attendees: Eugene Balbierz, Jane Buccheri, Bill Freeman, Catherine Neeley, Lou Packett, Alisa Rhone-Simmons, Christine Rhone-Simmons, Dan Rodenburg, Frieda Ulman, Kenneth Watson, Troy Wilson, Roger Wood




Approval of September Minutes

  • Kenneth First, second Catherine


Subcommittee Updates

  • Facade: Tony provided update. 1421 W Baltimore completed. 1515 W Baltimore application under review.
  • West Baltimore: 
    • Made great progress with Popup program/License
    • Next Meeting is Friday, October 29th at 6pm at SWP offices
      • Dan presenting on code enforcement 
    • Kito, West Baltimore Manager project is working on plan to present on November 8th
      • Educating businesses and investors of funding opportunities, providing point of contact
    • Discussion on Gap Financing for micro loans and tenant improvements

Project Updates

  • Littlepage’s Furniture Store (1317 W Baltimore) – closing down at end of year
  • 1500 W Baltimore St
    • 1515 W Baltimore approved to begin rebuilding facade in November
  • Lord Baltimore
    • Kelly Hodge-Williams was hired as consultant, paid by Abell Foundation grant. She is tasked with:
      • 1) working with Lawrence Gilliard as the lead to develop fundraising campaign
      • 2) To recruit possible Board members
      • 3) Prepare proposals to local and national foundations for funding
      • 4) Start work on historic and new markets tax credits
      • 5) Get the formal documents together for the organization that will own and manage the building and apply for non-profit status.
    • Kelly will be organizing focus groups to develop the final vision plan for the reuse over the next three months



  • Kenneth Watson presented himself as candidate for Chair. No opposition.
  • Committee voted yes or no to accept his candidacy
    • 10 yes 1 no 1 maybe – Yes wins


New Business

  • Pigtown MainStreet updates
    • pigtown trick or treat
  • Tomorrow at noon Bullock walk with Warhorse
  • Counselor from James McHenry interested in workforce development opportunities for students (8th graders)
    • Internship with one day a week–example with Cristo Rey
    • Kenneth will talk to JR Lee about opportunities


Old Business

  • Paul’s Place expected completion for Oct 2020; November 6, 2019 is ground breaking
  • Bon Secours 100th anniversary event with New Health Commissioner at Community Works on October 24, 2019 @ 5:30pm
  • Groundbreaking catholic school is Octo. 23, 2019
  • Community Engagement Center groundbreaking is Oct. 24, 2019



  • Troy made motion first to adjourn, Catherine was second
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