McCulloh Place opening draws officials, praise

April 12, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The rebirth of a once-deteriorating block in Druid Heights was celebrated yesterday by community members as McCulloh Place, a development of 15 renovated apartments for low- to moderate-income people, was officially opened.

City and state officials were on hand for the opening of the $2.6 million project in the 2200 block of McCulloh St.

The apartments - ranging in size from two-bedroom, one-bath units to a five-bedroom, two-bath unit - offer amenities rare in lower-income housing: central air, gas ranges, secure parking and washers and dryers.

"You see this block and you think things are getting better," Mayor Martin O'Malley told residents and officials.

Jacquelyn D. Cornish, executive director of the Druid Heights Community Development Corp., said the housing is key to improving the neighborhood's image.

"It says to us, we have more stabilization, we have another family to stabilize the community," Cornish said.

Del. Verna L. Jones of West Baltimore said she has watched as construction projects like McCulloh Place have begun to transform her community.

"I've seen this block deteriorate, deteriorate, deteriorate, and then it was all boarded up," Jones said. "When you drive around the city and then you see a block like this, you feel inspired."

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