Neighborhood Groups, Businesses and Police Meeting on Feb. 26th

| February 15, 2013 | 2 Comments

SBNA Release:

South Baltimore Neighborhood Association

PO Box 6474

Baltimore, MD 21230



Dear Community Stakeholder,

As members of the greater Cross Street area community, we are blessed with a vibrant and ever-growing small business community, an engaged police force, and a remarkably diverse group of residents.  With the recent vote to approve a casino in South Baltimore as well as a host of other transformational developments set to take place in the future within the Federal Hill and South Baltimore neighborhoods, we write today in seek of your support.

For many of us, the symbolic center of our great Baltimore borough is the Federal Hill Hospitality and Business District.  Comprised of the some of the city’s most historic and award winning stores, pubs, and restaurants, the District is one of the area’s largest draws and an important communal meeting place for so many of our residents and their families.

And so it is with this understanding and a desire to preserve the Federal Hill/South Baltimore Hospitality and Business District’s esteemed place among Baltimore landmarks, that we seek your collective support for an initiative designed to facilitate a new kind of dialogue and constructive cooperation among three vital components of our community:

  • Residents and Community Organizations
  • Federal Hill Bar/Restaurants/Businesses
  • Southern District Police Force

After consultation with organizations and other civic leaders within the community, we are proposing the creation of a committee made up with representatives of the three aforementioned groups to meet on a quarterly basis to discuss methods for ensuring the continued vitality of our beloved Federal Hill/South Baltimore Hospitality and Business District.

Topics for discussion include strategies for maintaining a reasonable level of order during nights on weekends, appropriate and effective policing techniques, and communication/promotion during significant events.  In addition, we’d like to broaden the scope to also include strategies for creating an environment that is the more conducive to economic activity.

These issues are a small sample of possible subjects with the ultimate goal being a more integrated approach to addressing issues within Federal Hill/South Baltimore that is amenable each group’s objectives  – livability, safety, and business friendliness.

Initially, we’d like to invite all bars/restaurants/businesses within the District to participate.  Additionally, representatives from community associations and residents in the area as well as the Southern District Major and other members of the police force will be asked to participate.  The intent will be to foster a productive, informal dialogue among the three groups as we create ways for improving communication, safety, and business.

The first meeting will take place at the Digital Tech Center, corner of Light and Cross Streets, on February 26th from 7pm – 9pm.  Please RSVP if you are able to attend so that we are able to accurately account for all participants.

In the end, we all seek a safe, culturally dynamic, and economically strong Federal Hill and Southern Baltimore neighborhoods.  We hope that you will join us in the creation of this quarterly committee as a means to fulfilling these desires in the months and years ahead.


John W Karabias Jr ([email protected]) &  Marie Sennett ([email protected])

South Baltimore Neighborhood Association


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  • bmoreguy

    So the SBNA who produces little to the success of the neighborhood at large has decided that their only hopes making their unnncessary voices heard is to form a committee that requires inputs from other NA’s which happen to contribute to the success of the neighborhood. I’m not sure what incentive the success producing NA’s have to attend this seemingly worthless meeting have to gain. It’ll be interesting to see who, if anybody, besides the SBNA whiners shows up. It’s interesting that they use the casino as an exucse to hold the meeting while the casino actually falls 100% in their laps. An easy search of and other local blogs indicate that their input wasn’t required for the advancement of the casino’s business plans regardless of any supposed negligible impact it will like have on the SBNA territory.

    So where does that leave us? Does the SBNA take this time to establish a real identity for the territory they cover and give us a real neighborhood name and get ready to hold Chad Barnhill and the city council accountable for this casino or do they continue to ride the coattails of the success of the FHNA whle whining about all that isn’t perfect and continuing to produce nothing of value for the greater good? I’m hopeful they will step up to the plate and represent the neighborhood as a whole and begin to operate like neighbors looking out for neighbors but their history as well as their current handling of the brewpub leaves me very very pessimistic of the SBNA to advance our neighborhood forward. I’d love to be proven wrong.

    • I think the SBNA does a great job. Their job is to find out all the concerns of the residents in the neighborhood and let people for and against stuff have their say. They invite anyone who wants to attend their meetings, and have done a really good job brining in members of the government, local businesses, local bars and other communities media to their meetings so that there is always a great open forum.

      The Brewpub will get worked out, it was the first time the idea of a liquor license was ever brought up officially to the local neighbors, I think it is okay to take more than 20 minutes to decide and completely resolve something like that.