2010 Gubernatorial Election: BUILD joined our sister organizations, AIM in Montgomery County and PATH in Howard County, as Maryland IAF to conduct a non partisan get out the vote effort. BUILD signed up thousands of voters to support out agenda and secured Gov. Martin 0’ Malley’s commitment to support the Maryland Dream Act which would allow undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state tuition to Maryland colleges and universities, to fully fund education, and to spend at least $250 million on school construction.
Keeping Recreation Centers Open: In response to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s proposal to close half of the recreation centers, BUILD led the fight at City Hall to keep them open. After turning out hundreds of youth, parents, and residents throughout the City budget hearings, BUILD joined the Mayor and City Council members to support passing a 2 cent bottle tax to fund the recreation centers and keep them open.
Perlman Place: BUILD organized with residents of South Clifton Park and Baltimore Housing and Community Development to clear 60 vacant homes located along Perlman Place, Baltimore’s most abandoned streets. BUILD is working with residents, North Avenue CDC and Baltimore Development Corporation to create a redevelop the area.
Preston Place: BUILD continued its partnership with TRF DP to rebuild the Oliver Community completing an additional 10 new homes and starting construction on another 10 rehabs.
City Arts Apartments: BUILD partnered with TRF DP, Jubilee Baltimore, and Homes for America to construct the City Arts Apartments located 440 E. Oliver Street. Chances are you don’t envision spacious new apartments with handsome kitchens in a modern building wired for high-speed Internet. City Arts Apartments offers these amenities and more as Baltimore’s first purpose-built housing development for artists. It takes advantage of a federal program that allows developers to receive low-income tax credits while creating rental housing with a preference for artists.