Fulton Gethsemane Village Opens in Penn Square

 

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Fulton Gethsemane Village Opens in Penn Square

Project showcases resolve of developer, community and partners to reclaim Penn North

 

Nine months after unrest gripped the hearts, minds and spirit of a city, state and nation, community leaders, members and supporters gathered to celebrate Fulton Gethsemane Village, a $16 million affordable housing development now open to families in Baltimore’s Penn North neighborhood. Thursday’s ribbon cutting signals the completion of the second and final phase of the $30 million Penn Square Apartment Complex, just a few steps north of the CVS Pharmacy destroyed by fire on the evening of April 27, 2015.

“The historical significance of Pennsylvania Avenue as epicenter of Baltimore’s Black community must be preserved,” said Kevin Bell, senior vice president of The Woda Group, Inc., a national developer in affordable housing.  “The Penn Square Apartment complex stands among the increasing signs of hope that testify to the renewed attention this area deserves,” said Bell.  “We are vested in this community and excited to be active participants in Pennsylvania Avenue's rebirth.”

Bell was joined for today’s announcement by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Senator Catherine E. Pugh, Keiffer Mitchell, special advisor to Governor Larry Hogan; City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Comptroller Joan M. Pratt, Councilman Nick J. Mosby, Penn North Community Association President Annie Hall, city and state housing officials, clergy, community partners and stakeholders.   

 “I am thankful to the Woda Group and its partners for making this important investment in the people of Baltimore,” Congressman Cummings said. “This public-private partnership to create affordable housing for our citizens demonstrates how Baltimore can move forward successfully to create vibrant, livable communities for all of our residents.”

Named in honor of the community’s two oldest churches -- Fulton Baptist Church and Gethsemane Baptist Church - Fulton Gethsemane Village yields 48,000 square feet of space and offers 61- one, two and three bedroom apartments with modern amenities, secure parking, a separate entrance, elevator, community room, computer lab and library.  Already fully occupied, Fulton Gethsemane Village is leased to residents at or below 60% of Baltimore City Median Income.  In addition, 7 of the 61 apartments are ADA equipped to accommodate residents with disabilities. 

Fulton Gethsemane Village is the developer’s fourth project along the North Avenue corridor – Woda’s immediate focus. Additional projects in Baltimore include Penn Square I, 2636 Pennsylvania Avenue (91 units); North Avenue Gateway, 3003 W. North Avenue (64 units) and the Historic Columbus School Apartments, 2000 E. North Avenue (50 units).

“Once again, The Woda Group has matched an urban challenge with an opportunity to address the community’s critical affordable housing need,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “Woda has developed a winning formula for investing in the heart of the city – even some of our most challenging areas – and creating quality, affordable housing of which we can all be proud.” 

Fulton Gethsemane Village utilizes high efficiency mechanical systems throughout, with energy star lighting and appliances that meet Baltimore City Green Building standards.

Financing for Fulton Gethsemane Village is provided by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Baltimore Housing, The Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The development team for Fulton Gethsemane Village includes Harkins Builders, Inc., general contractors; Gower Thompson, Inc., engineers and Marks, Thomas Associates, architects. The Penn Square Apartment complex, inclusive of Fulton Gethsemane, is managed by Edgewood Management Corporation.

The Woda Group, Inc. is a fully integrated multifamily developer, general contractor and property management firm committed to providing quality affordable rental housing.  The Woda Group has developed over 9,000 units in twelve states since 1990.  Woda has over 300 employees and maintains offices in Baltimore, Annapolis, Savannah, GA, Shelbyville, KY, Mackinaw City, MI and Westerville, OH.

 

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