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A Radical, Restorative, and Regenerative Approach to Development

For over ten years, ReBuild Metro has been catalyzing collaborative, bottom-up community revitalization. Our work began in East Baltimore, where our organization is based and where much of our efforts are centered to this day. Our mission has also brought us to New Jersey and Delaware.

Through our experience, ReBuild Metro has created a multi-stage development model that engages in community planning, real estate development, construction management, property management, and other community programs. This model emphasizes human capital, with community stakeholders as leaders and engaged residents as co-developers.

By staying true to our roots, we’ve earned trust and recognition from communities. Our core purpose of establishing a radical, restorative, and regenerative approach to development creates solutions that are invaluable for people, provide opportunities for business, and are catalytic for our neighborhoods.

OUR VISION

Inclusive revitalization of disinvested places through community organizing and data-driven development.

OUR STRATEGY

Use the power of planning, redevelopment, and markets to strengthen neighborhoods, increase community prosperity, and cultivate human capital.

OUR VALUES

People first. Community collaboration. Evidence-based practices. Create the conditions for restorative regeneration.

Our Project Portfolio

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City Arts II Historic Rehabs

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City Arts Historic Townhomes

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City Arts New Townhomes

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Preston Place

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City Arts Apartments

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Schoolhouse Square

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Jackson Green

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Our Multi-Stage Approach

PLANNING & ANALYSIS
We partner with community stakeholders to assess market conditions, specify goals and aspirations, and create community-driven redevelopment plans. ReBuild Metro and our partners plan not simply to redevelop property but to redirect market conditions and catalyze regeneration in our neighborhoods.

ReBuild Metro follow a data-driven, evidence-based approach to planning. Our innovative “Build From Strength” methodology identifies specific target areas that are economically distressed but physically proximate to community and citywide assets. We then make a series of investments that multiplies the value and proximity of the assets into the distressed area, utilizing mechanisms to foster an integrated, inclusive, and revitalized stable community.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
ReBuild Metro construction management experience includes historic scattered-site rehabilitation, new home site construction, and small commercial spaces. ReBuild Metro General Contracting (ReBuild Metro GC) is a related support company implementing a community-based rehabilitation model. Our single-family rehabilitation pipeline provides the right project sizing and administrative support for smaller subcontractors and suppliers. Scaling the work to fit the workflow of smaller firms substantially increases the participation of locally-based and minority-owned businesses. To date ReBuild Metro GC has completed more than $45 million in residential construction.

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
ReBuild Metro manages our own portfolio of scattered-site single-family homes for rent. ReBuild Metro Property Management, LLC is our property manager affiliate, managing more than 150 properties in East Baltimore. Nearly all homes under our direct management are historic houses with comprehensively updated interiors, with two, three, or four bedrooms available. Most rents are set at level affordable to households between 50% and 120% of Area Median Income (AMI).

COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Expanding commercial activity is an increasingly important revitalization factor in our impact areas. ReBuild Metro is funding façade improvements and lease-ready “white box” fit-outs, with special attention to traditional corner-store sites. Commercial revitalization supports local entrepreneurs, creates jobs, and introduces improved amenities. In 2017, our commercial development work brought in CUPs Coffeehouse and Café, a non-profit food retail and catering business that operates as a youth workforce development organization.

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
ReBuild Metro specializes in scattered-site single-family rehabilitation, but we also participate in new-construction single-family and multifamily projects. Our work benefits low- and moderate-income people and places by making innovative use of financing and subsidies to create quality rental housing and homeownership opportunities at affordable prices.

Our work blends market-based redevelopment and authentic community power-based organizing to achieve transformative regeneration in distressed neighborhoods. Our approach seeks to leveraging long-term debt by rehabilitating distressed properties, while supporting that investment through strengthening community equity, safety, and stability. These two prongs create a mutually-reinforcing virtuous cycle: strengthening this community secures housing investments, and a housing market is sustained with a strong and safe neighborhood around it.

To date, ReBuild Metro has transformed nearly 200 scattered-site vacant buildings and lots into new housing units, with measurable effects on community revitalization. Our sustained investment in our East Baltimore target areas have achieved a sharply-decreased vacancy rate, broadly increased median sales prices, lower crime rates, and increased income diversity, all with no direct displacement of existing residents.

ReBuild Metro also participates in more traditional affordable housing by partnering with experienced developers utilizing Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). These partnerships have created 500 affordable housing units in 6 communities in New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

In total ReBuild Metro projects have invested more than $175 million in over 750 homes and apartments for low- and moderate-income people and places.

PATH TO OWN
Path to Own organizes cohorts of existing tenants seeking to improve their financial health and make homeownership an attainable goal. ReBuild Metro partners with local homeownership counselors to provide homebuyer education classes, individual credit counseling, and financial planning. Path to Own is helping renters purchase their own home and continue putting down roots in their existing community.

PARKS AND OPEN SPACE
ReBuild Metro’s early vacant lot strategy focused on building new homes to reduce vacancy and crime. As vacancy has decreased in our investment areas, we are increasingly focused on tapping the amenity value of open lots. In 2017, ReBuild Metro partnered with KaBOOM! to bring a new playground to Baltimore’s Oliver neighborhood, culminating in a community build where the playground was assembled by neighborhood residents and volunteers in a single day. ReBuild Metro has also engaged in planning, financing, and development of several other parks within our East Baltimore project areas.

Re-Build Metro Board

Chairperson:
Rev. Calvin Keene, Pastor, Memorial Baptist Church (Baltimore, MD)

Vice Chairperson:
Robert English, Lead Organizer BUILD (Baltimore, MD)

Secretary:
Dana Johnson, Baltimore Market Leader, Reinvestment Fund (Baltimore, MD)

Treasurer:
Jerome Smalley, CEO & Founder, Blue-Print Robotics (Baltimore, MD)

Board Member:
Rev. Marshal Prentice, Pastor, Zion Baptist Church (Baltimore, MD)

Board Member:
Tad Glenn, General Counsel Rouse Company (retired) (Columbia, MD)

Board Member:
Bishop Douglas Miles, Bishop, Koinonia Baptist Church (Baltimore, MD)

Board Member:
Nancy Wagner-Hislip, Chief Lending Officer, Reinvestment Fund (Philadelphia, PA)

Board Member:
Tracee Battis, Director of Housing Development, Project Freedom (Lawrence, NJ)

Re-Build Metro Staff

Administration

Sean Closkey
Toni Eggleston
Richard Evert
Wendi Redfern

Development & Sales

Thomson Kao
Saunie Tubman
Travis West

Finance and Accounting

Camaria Campbell-Humes
Lykinda Camper
Brennan McMeeken
Chuck Metzger

Construction

Jacques Gachot
Alan Hill
Devonya Jones

Property Management

Cleveland Campbell
Larry Geathers
Kevin Mills
Angela Simon
Tenisha Stratton
Takia Truxton
Trevor White

Contact Us – ReBuild Metro, Inc.
1129 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21213
Phone: 410 563 6220