Second Chance Improves Campus with New Mural and Rainwater Filtration System

| May 24, 2017 | 1 Comments

Second Chance, Inc. recently completed improvements to its seven-acre campus at 1700 Ridgely St. in Carroll-Camden Industrial Area. This includes a new 180 ft. mural along Bush St. and the Gwynns Falls Trail and the addition of a rainwater filtration system on its parking lot in front of the store.

Second Chance sells many reclaimed housing materials and antiques in its 240,000 sq. ft. retail store. Not only are the materials at Second Chance given a ‘second chance,’ but many of its 150 employees have been given a ‘second chance,’ as well. Second Chance’s workforce development program helps many individuals who have experienced addiction, criminal pasts, and unemployment. Graduates of the program work in the store as well as with the deconstruction crews that take apart homes and salvage materials for reuse. It is Second Chance’s hope that many of its employees eventually move on to higher paying jobs in the construction field with their new acquired skills.

Second Chance partnered with Shawn James of Mural Masters, Inc. to represent its mission in the new mural. It shows a man in a jail cell and then transitions to the man rolling up his sleeves, getting to work, and beginning to deconstruct homes. The mural also shows the reuse of the building materials on the store shelves, and features a large Second Chance logo and sign.

“It’s a mural with a message,” said Second Chance Marketing and Communications Manager Pete Theodore. “Murals are very Baltimore, and we have a very strong arts following.”

The wall was previously described as “unattractive brick.” Second Chance received a $25,000 Baltimore Development Corporation grant for the project.

Second Chance also completed the construction of five bioswales in its parking lot. When it rains, the rainwater will fall off of Second Chance’s two-acre roof into the parking lot to be filtered in the bioswales, which also create a rain garden where trees have been planted. New curb improvements were added along with newly-planted grass and mulch. The project was made possible thanks to a Chesapeake Bay Foundation grant, along with contributions from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Parks & People Foundation, and Baltimore City Department of Public Works.

The project not only helps with rain water filtration but is an aesthetic improvement to the front of the campus, which faces the busy Russell St. where many cars enter Baltimore. “We take our entrance to South Baltimore very seriously,” said Second Chance Director of Business Development Nancy McCarthy.

Second Chance had a “WHAT IS AND WHAT CAN BE” mural painted on the front of the store in 2014. The next projects for Second Chance will be a substantial renovation of the front facade of the store to give it a more traditional retail front, and the addition of solar panels.

Second Chance has been at its current campus since 2012. Along with its retail store, Second Chance has offices, a meeting space, and spaces for events. There are also other tenants at the facility.

Second Chance previously had several buildings located at the current home of Horseshoe Casino and sports bar Game.

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  • Pete Theodore

    Thanks for this wonderful piece and pics, Kevin! We’re delighted to be ‘good neighbors’ to our special corner of Baltimore 🙂