Editor’s note: The following article appeared thedailyrecord.com on November 1, 2018.
By Bryan Sears
A west Baltimore minister has a vision to redevelop the McCullough Homes and says he has secured $300 million in backing.
Rev. Dr. Alvin Hathaway Sr., senior pastor of Union Baptist Church, told a gathering that included Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot that he intends to deliver his plans and a proposal Friday morning to Mayor Catherine Pugh.
“What is existing will be razed,” Hathaway said in an interview. “We’ll come back with a brand new community.”
“It will be a 21st century community. We’ll have smart cities technology built into it,” he said.
The McCulloh Homes and Extension consist of about 970 units bordered by Sharp Street Methodist Church, the State Center office complex, Martin Luther King Boulevard and Zion Methodist Church.
Hathaway described a different neighborhood that existed decades ago.
“There were doctors and lawyers and steelworkers,” Hathaway said. “You could go next door and borrow a cup of sugar or flour.”
Increasingly, Hathaway said, that community has been replaced by vacant rowhomes. Hathaway said he wants to rebuild his neighborhood.
“We’ve got a real strong team. We’ve got strong capital behind it,” Hathaway said. “I want it to be a transformative community. We’re going to make certain that the existing residents remain so we’re not going to eliminate affordable public housing units but we’ll add to it additional units that will be home ownership as well as other units that will be market-rate, student-type rental housing.”
Included in Hathaway’s team are local and national developers, including Urban America, he said.
McCulloh Homes has been mentioned in recent weeks as a possible component to a long-delayed redevelopment of State Center. It is not clear if Hathaway’s proposal is a part of that overall effort.
Hathaway said his proposal “will be compatible with State Center.”
Source: The Daily Record, November 1, 2018