Catholic Charities Begins Work on $4.5-Million Renovation of Cherry Hill Town Center

| March 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Earlier this month Catholic Charities held a ceremonial kickoff for a $4.5-million renovation of the Cherry Hill Town Center. The 49,027 sq. ft. shopping center on 2.39 acres is located on the 600 block of Cherry Hill Rd. in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of South Baltimore.

The renovation will begin with a new facade for the shopping center and with the opening of a new Chase Bank branch in the summer.

The second phase involves remodeling the current food court, which sits at the entrance to the Enoch Pratt Free Library, into a community gathering space.

The third phase is a marketplace that will include fresh foods, a community kitchen with healthy cooking programming headed by Black Yield Institute’s Eric Jackson, pop-up entrepreneur space for incubating community businesses, and other opportunities. The full project is slated for completion in late summer 2021.

Catholic Charities worked with community members and leaders, such as Michael Middleton of the Cherry Hill Community Coalition and Eric Jackson of Black Yield Institute, to determine the needs of the community.

Catholic Charities is working with Whiting-Turner Contracting, Weller Development, and financial contributors on the project. The city provided $500,000 in funding for the project, the state passed a $250,000 bond bill, and additional private contributions came from donors, including Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and Whiting-Turner.

“I am most grateful to the residents and leaders of the Cherry Hill Community for your vision, partnership, encouragement, and honesty as we have gone about this project together,” said Catholic Charities Executive Director Bill McCarthy in a press release. “We work best when we listen more intently and talk less. That’s what is happening here in Cherry Hill.”

Catholic Charities has owned the town center since 1997 and has worked with the Cherry Hill community for more than 20 years. 

Renderings from Catholic Charities and Living Design Lab

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