WebsiteAbout MidtownBenefits District Info
MapNews & EventsNeighborhood Deals
Quick Links


Follow Us On:
Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

MIDTOWN BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Meeting Date Change
The June meeting of the Midtown Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, June 11, at 6:30 PM at the MICA Gateway Conference Room, 1601 W. Mt. Royal Ave.
 

ARTSCAPE RETURNS

The 33rd annual Artscape will take place in Midtown on Fri, July 18 and Sat, July 19 from 11am to 9pm and Sun, July 20 from 11am to 8pm on Mt Royal Ave and N Charles St.  For 2014, Artscape invites festival-goers to "Join the movement!" with an emphasis on dance and all things motion-related including Silent! Disco in Pearlstone Park, Dance! kinetic contraptions along Mount Royal Avenue, ballroom dancing on Charles Street and the NEW Aerial Arts Arena.  The 2014 festival is headlined by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Ozomatli, Galactic and Anthony Hamilton.  America's largest free arts festival features live music of various genres on three outdoor stages, a full schedule of theater, dance and opera performances, in addition to classical, a cappella and experimental music, street theater, fine art and crafts from more than 100 artisans in the Artists' Market, world famous art cars, the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Semi-finalists Exhibition, film, children's activities, exhibitors and an assortment of food and beverages.  Artscape is presented by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

Festival-goers may download the free Artscape Mobile App on  Apple and Android devices or visit www.artscape.org for up-to-date event information.  Artscape lovers can also share their excitement at www.facebook.com/Artscape.Baltimore or be a part of the conversation by following @ArtscapeBmore on Twitter and Instagram, as well as using the hashtag #artscape2014.  

 

COME CELEBRATE
The Michael J. Deets
Historic St Paul Street Park
(corner of St. Paul and Lafayette)
Fri, June 6, 2014 5-8 pm

Join the Charles North Community Association, Midtown Green and Jubilee Baltimore
as we celebrate the changes to the park over the past two years,
recognize the volunteers and funders, and honor the artists.
  • Live Entertainment
  • Light Refreshments
  • Rain Date: June 7 at 3 pm
RSVP to
Kelsey Scanlon:
kelseyscanlon9@gmail.com
or
Linda Harrington:
lindah@jubileebaltimore.org
AROUND MIDTOWN
Published by the Midtown Community Benefits District 
June 2014

MEET OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: MICHELLE WIRZBERGER, ESQ.

 

The Midtown Community Benefits District's Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Michelle Wirzberger as the District's next executive director, succeeding Peter Merles, who will retire at the end of June. She will begin a transition with Mr. Merles in mid-June.

 

A member of the Maryland Bar since 2004, Ms. Wirzberger's professional experience has been nontraditional. A champion of communities, Ms. Wirzberger believes those who have organized to keep the streets of their community safe and clean should have a voice in determining what types of business and/or development is situated within their boundaries. Much of her professional experiences have enabled her to ensure that occurs.

 

Currently serving as the Director of Legislative Affairs for Baltimore City Council President, Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Ms. Wirzberger has also worked as a Staff Attorney for the Community Law Center (CLC), a nonprofit law firm. During her tenure with the CLC she represented communities in hundreds of cases before the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City. As a result of her efforts, many problematic establishments agreed to change their ways and enter MOUs with community associations or were closed.

 

In addition, Ms. Wirzberger's professional experiences include the following positions: Executive Director of Ceasefire Maryland; Communications Director for the National Correctional Industries Association (NCIA); Community Organizer for Citizens Planning and Housing Association (CPHA); and Legislative Aide for Delegate Michael Dobson.

 

Ms. Wirzberger has also managed and/or worked on various federal, state, and local political campaigns in both Maryland and Pennsylvania.

 

 

MIDTOWN HEADQUARTERS TO MOVE TO HOWARD STREET

The Midtown Community Benefits District offices will be relocating early next fall from 1221 N. Calvert Street, our home since our inception in 1996, to a newly renovated historic building at 815 North Howard Street.  Occupancy of the Calvert Street location was a generous in-kind donation from the University of Baltimore. Midtown has outgrown the facility and the University Foundation is seeking to divest many of its properties in the neighborhood.

 

Midtown's Board of Directors appointed an ad hoc committee which considered about two dozen properties for purchase or rental.  The former American Window Shade Company site on North Howard Street was found to provide the kind of space the district needed for offices, meeting rooms, staff facilities and equipment storage.  The building was purchased in March by the Midtown Community Fund, a subsidiary of the Benefits District.  The District is leasing the building from the fund.  In lieu of its past in-kind donation of office space, the University of Baltimore is continuing its strong support of the Benefits District with an annual cash donation that will offset the new occupancy costs.

 

The front of the new location is an historic townhouse dating to the mid-1800s. It will house administrative space.  The rear of the building, a commercial addition from the 1950s, will provide storage space, staff lunch room, locker room and a large meeting room. There is secure parking in the rear for Midtown's vehicles. The local architectural firm Manifold Design has been engaged to design the rehab and renovation of the space to prepare it for occupancy by Midtown in the fall.   

THE MIDTOWN COMMUNITY BENEFITS DISTRICT IS A CITIZEN-RUN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVOCACY AND IMPROVEMENT GROUP AUTHORIZED BY LAW IN 1996 TO PROVIDE SECURITY AND SANITATION SERVICES ALONG WITH PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR FOUR COMMUNITIES: BOLTON HILL, CHARLES NORTH, MADISON PARK AND MOUNT VERNON/BELVEDERE. ITS EFFORTS ARE FUNDED BY A TAXPAYER-APPROVED PROPERTY TAX SURCHARGE. MIDTOWN WAS CREATED BY VOTER REFERENDUM IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE OUR NEIGHBORHOODS STRONGER, BETTER PLACES TO LIVE AND WORK

 

Peter Merles, Executive Director
Midtown Community Benefits District 
410 528-1512
410 468-0129 Fax