By Tashi McQueen,
Report For America Corps Member,
Political Writer for The AFRO
Sonia Eaddy, longtime Poppleton resident and president of Poppleton Now Community Association, has a reason to smile.
On July 18, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced that the block she has worked to save would indeed be spared from demolition.
“This is a victory for all of us — all of Baltimore City,” said Eaddy in a statement. “I’ve been fighting to save my home for the last 18 years, fighting for development without displacement. Let’s stop the misuse of eminent domain all across the state.”
The Office of the Mayor said in a statement that the move reiterates Scott’s commitment to building equitable neighborhoods in the Poppleton community.
The announcement follows Scott’s promise to reset the project in the summer of 2021.
Baltimore City’s Board of Estimates approved a Land Disposition and Development Agreement (LDDA) for the Poppleton development project in 2006.
La Cite Development was granted rights to the redevelopment of 13.8 acres in the Poppleton community.
“My Administration has been working hand-in-hand with the community and the developer to address ongoing concerns regarding the longstanding Poppleton Redevelopment Project,” said a statement from Mayor Scott. “The advancing amendment reflects the agreed-upon outcome of negotiations, settles the debate about the N. Carrollton Avenue homes, and charts the path forward for the Sarah Ann houses.”
Mayor Scott announced the key amendments he will offer at the Board of Estimates meeting on July 20.
The modifications include the official removal of 319 and 321 N. Carrollton Avenue from the list of LDDA to be condemned which includes the Eaddy’s home, advancement of the Poppleton project, affordable senior homes, and rights and obligations signed to Black Women Build – Baltimore in the leadership of the reconstruction of the 1100 block of Sarah Ann Street.
Shelley Halstead, founder and executive director of Black Women Build – Baltimore stated that her organization “is excited to restore these alley houses.”
“We are honored that the City recognized our ability to get this important work done,” continued Halstead in her statement.
Mayor Scott explained how historical devastation to the Poppleton community was implemented through “racist public policies, neglect, and disinvestment,” but is not the end of the story.
“This is a start, and I hope this is the beginning of more community involvement. Black neighborhoods matter,” stated Eaddy. Poppleton matters.”
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