UMAB to receive outreach grant to redevelop surrounding area

September 25, 1998|By Devon Spurgeon | Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF

The University of Maryland, Baltimore will receive $399,900 in federal money to revitalize the West Baltimore neighborhood surrounding its campus.

The grant is part of a $7 million nationwide community outreach initiative spearheaded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Eighteen colleges and universities received awards.

"This initiative will benefit cities, their residents and colleges by reversing decades of neighborhood decline," said HUD Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo. He announced the grants on Wednesday at a national conference on college and university community revitalization in East St. Louis, Ill.

"Faculty and students will gain invaluable experience by using their talents not just to study urban problems, but to solve them," Cuomo said.

UMAB has not decided how it will use the money. In broad terms, officials say, the money will stimulate economic development and promote public safety issues.

"The money is important, but more important is an affirmation from Washington that the university and the west side are working together," said Dr. Mary Leach, chairwoman of the community council at the university.

Pub Date: 9/25/98

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