55 townhouses to open in Johnston Square area Built for moderate-, low-income families BALTIMORE CITY

September 29, 1993|By Melody Simmons | Melody Simmons,Staff Writer

On Saturday, Barbara Henry will move into a new, three-bedroom townhouse in a blighted area of East Baltimore.

"I've been looking for decent, low-income housing for a long time," Ms. Henry said yesterday at the official opening of a $4.1 million, 55-townhouse development in the 1100 block of Aisquith St. in Johnston Square.

"I want to thank everybody who participated in this," said Ms. Henry, who is renting one of the townhouses.

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and City Council President Mary Pat Clarke cut a yellow ribbon at the opening ceremony.

"People in Johnston Square have dreamed about this for years," Mr. Schmoke said. "This site has been down for years but it's coming back."

Johnston Square is one of the city's poorest neighborhoods, with streets marked by trash-strewn lots and rundown, vacant rowhouses.

The new homes for low- to moderate-income families were built by the Johnston Square Community Development Corp. and the Enterprise Construction Corp. for $73,000 each. Thirty-three of them were sold for $46,592, because of government subsidies, officials said. The purchasers, who have annual incomes as low as $10,400, were required to have down payments of at least $650.

The other 22 townhouses are rental units with monthly rents ranging from $245 to $345.

All the 1,260-square-foot modular units have three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and large kitchen. Construction of the development, which had been planned for four years, began in March.

The development was financed by the state Community Development Administration and the city Community Development Finance Corp., and with federal Community Development Block Grant funds.

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