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City Announces Partnership With MICA to Improve Neighborhood Streetscape

Agreement Promises Enhancement of Mount Royal Avenue for the College and Community

Posted 09.29.10 by MICA Communications

Mount Royal Avenue

BALTIMORE—The City's Board of Estimates approved two separate memorandum of understanding (MOUs) with MICA and John Hopkins University for major streetscape improvements and ongoing maintenance on City thoroughfares.

The agreements establish a framework for the City to reconfigure, reconstruct and add new streetscape improvements on Mount Royal Avenue between North Avenue and the Central Light Rail Line tracks near MICA and on North Charles Street between 29th Street and University Parkway near Johns Hopkins. Both institutions will perform ongoing maintenance of landscaped areas within the right-of-way.

“Baltimore is fortunate to be home to great institutions with a strong commitment forging public/private partnerships that improve their communities for students, faculty and City residents,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “Today's agreements are representative of how Johns Hopkins and MICA turn their commitments into real actions that make Baltimore's neighborhoods better, safer and stronger.”

“The Mt. Royal project is a perfect example of how the quality of life can be accented for everyone when civic-minded institutions partner with the City to improve the aesthetic quality of our neighborhoods through enhancement of our green spaces,” said Fred Lazarus, President of MICA. “We are extremely proud that our two-year planning collaboration with the City has resulted in what will become an attractive gateway to one of Baltimore’s major cultural centers.”

As detailed in the MOUs, the City agrees to construct new streetscape improvements including but not limited to new curbs, gutters, sidewalks, ramps, street lighting and landscaping (including grass, trees and shrubs.) The universities agree to perform maintenance including but not limited to upkeep of the turf, plants and irrigation systems. The City will continue to consult with both MICA and JHU in developing and implementing each respective improvement plan.

“Charles Street is Baltimore's main street and it's a great street, but this project will make it even better,” said Ronald J. Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University. “The design addresses the key questions of pedestrian safety and traffic calming. It also addresses other important considerations like green space, landscaping, trees, lighting and bike traffic.”

For more information, visit the City of Baltimore's website at www.baltimorecity.gov.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.