Baltimore County News
Welcome Addition to Affordable Housing
Baltimore County adds to its affordable housing stock with the restoration of 10 homes in the Winters Lane community, an historically African American community in Catonsville settled by freed slaves after the Civil War.
The $2.8 million project will restore the interiors and exteriors of five duplex residences. The buildings are more than 100 years old and now functionally obsolete.
Preserving a heritage neighborhood
“With the restoration of these homes, we take a substantial first step in revitalizing and preserving this historic African-American community and add to our inventory of affordable housing,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
The homes are owned by St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center Inc., a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining equal housing for low to moderate income people.
Century-Old Catonsville Homes to be Restored
The houses, on Shipley and Roberts avenues in Catonsville, will be updated to meet current building codes, expand and modernize living spaces and restore the exteriors. The work will maintain the historic character and architecture of the buildings, meeting requirements of the Maryland Historic Trust.
“We’re pleased and proud that these historic homes will be restored in the Winter’s Lane community. They are an important part of the character and heritage of greater Catonsville,” said Councilman Tom Quirk.
$2.8 million project
Baltimore County is supporting the project with more than $1 million in economic development funds. Additional funding comes from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) loans and grants and a recently awarded $250,000 Community Legacy grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.