Overview

A plan for the Greater Rosemont and Mondawmin Area (GRAMA)

The Greater Rosemont and Mondawmin Area Master Plan (GRAMA) includes the areas surrounding Coppin State University (CSU), the greater Mondawmin neighborhoods, Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), and the communities around the West Baltimore MARC Station.

In 2005, CSU led the effort to write the Greater Rosemont and Coppin Heights Revitalization Plan, which created a comprehensive vision for this area.

Since the publication of the Plan, many new developments have taken place on the CSU Campus and in surrounding communities. CSU has moved forward with its development plans, expanding the campus’ foot print south of North Avenue, and farther north to Gwynns Falls Parkway. This expansion has created a direct connection between the neighborhoods surrounding the West Baltimore MARC station, Mondawmin Mall and the neighborhoods near BCCC’s growing campus. CSU is also progressing with additions to the Campus with a future Science and Technology building and proposals for additional student housing and mixed use commercial areas near the campus.

Expansion of both CSU and BCCC, coupled with proposed improvements at the West Baltimore MARC station and planning activities for the upcoming Redline transit corridor, triggered this update of the adopted 2005 Plan.

Through a series of community meetings and design workshops, Planning staff worked with stakeholders in the GRAMA Plan geography to express the collective vision of the larger community and to provide community members with a tool that can be used to guide policy and community action.  The purpose of the GRAMA Master Plan is to communicate the community’s vision for its future growth and development, and to provide a roadmap of strategies to help the community achieve that vision.

 Showing Progress:                     

New homes being constructed

in Coppin Heights, (Left)

and the final results (right).

 

 

 

The neighborhoods which make up the Greater Rosemont and Mondawmin Area share numerous community assets and concerns. Due to these commonalities it makes sense that these neighborhoods should work together to push a consistent vision for the area. The vision presented in the GRAMA Master Plan incorporates many of the recommendations of previous area plans and adds new ideas presented by community members in recent community meetings.

Through the plan, the community has defined its vision for the area as a community of safe, desirable, and attractive neighborhoods where housing options, education, and access to neighborhood services support a full and balanced range of activities and social interaction. The goal of the vision is to remove blight, improve neighborhood desirability, and create positive change by rebuilding where necessary and reinforcing the more stable areas.

A sampling of the key implementation strategies includes:

Economic Development: Activate North Avenue and nearby neighborhoods by strategically locating Coppin State University facilities and services off-campus.

Economic Development – Re-envision the Rosemont Industrial area as a more compatible and beneficial asset to the community.

Greening – Transform vacant lots from liabilities to assets that provide social and environmental benefits.

Neighborhood Revitalization – Strengthen enforcement of the sanitation code.

For more information, please contact: Kate Edwards 410-396-5934 or kate.edwards@baltimorecity.gov

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