South Baltimore News Updates

| February 15, 2013 | 6 Comments

Here are some neighborhood updates that were discuss during the February South Baltimore Neighborhood Association meeting:

Changes Coming to Hanover Street

Hanover St. has long suffered excessive speeds as it transitions from Rt. 2 into the residential areas of South Baltimore.  The Department of Transportation, SBNA and Councilman Cole have been working on solutions to slow down traffic entering and exiting the neighborhood.

A traffic study was conducted last year and an announcement is coming soon about a new median that will be installed from the 95 overpass to Heath St.  The median will likely include grass and trees and potentially a ‘Welcome to South Baltimore’ sign in the future.

A curb will also be installed along the side of the I-95 South ramp in hopes of preventing drivers from making illegal U-turns onto the ramp.

Officer Butterbean Injured in an Accident

If you have lived on the South Peninsula for long enough, you’ve surely met Officer Kevin Vaught, also known as Butterbean.  Unfortunately Officer Butterbean was in a bad car accident last month and suffered many broken bones.  Officer Kelly Johns described Officer Butterbean as “in good spirits and anxious to get back to work.”  Officer Butterbean is expected to be out at least six months.  Best of luck to him in his recovery!

To reach the Southern District Police, contact Officer Johns at [email protected]

Horseshoe Baltimore Updates 

Horseshoe General Manager Chad Barnhill stopped by the meeting along with his attorney and a member of his construction crew after first stopping by the Citizens of Pigtown meeting to give some updates and seek approval of a few minor variances.

They have currently begun demolishing buildings and their contractor Whiting Turner will soon begin hiring workers for the full-scale construction, which will start in less than two months.  They also revealed many renderings of the project.  They will have their final meeting with UDARP on February 21st, where their design will get the green light to proceed.

A new traffic signal has been approved at Worcester St. so that area residents can still turn left onto Russell St. when Warner St. is closed from south of Worcester.  Currently the signal is at Bayard St. The portion of Warner St. will not be closed off until the new light is installed, which is likely about six months from now.

Horseshoe and the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles are also in the process of working out a deal with parking. Horseshoe will likely be able to offer many spots to Ravens fans in their 4,000-car garage during game days as Lots O and J will eventually be the property of Horseshoe.

Tree Initiative 

SBNA has begun a tree planting initiative to fill as many empty tree pits as possible.  If you know of any empty tree pit or one with just a tree stump, email [email protected]



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  • Jason Z

    Get well Butterbean!

  • bmoreguy

    Nice move Horseshoe. By taking control of Lot O and Lot J they are essentially forcing fans to park at their casino and making it absolutely impossible for fans to avoid. I guess this will curb a lot of tailgating now as I’m sure the last thing the casino wants is people outside hanging out over some food and brew when they could be inside a casino!

    The welcome to South Baltimore sign is cool but a real neighborhood name would be even better. South Baltimore geographically includes Federal Hill, Curtis Bay, Brooklyn Park, Locust Point, etc. It’d be nice of our little piece of the land was recognized as an official neighborhood similar to the likes of Federal Hill and Locust Point.

    • It will likely say something like “Welcome to the historic communities of South Baltimore.” But that is a while down the line, so much can be discussed between then and now.

      • bmoreguy

        I think the sign is a great idea and I hope it does lead to our small section of South Baltimore getting a more unique neighborhood name out of it.

    • jz

      Welcome to SoBo???

  • Chris

    The email address “[email protected]” does not work.