Mount Washington is a beautiful blend of nature and city with grand houses amongst modest homes. The Mount Washington Improvement Association is dedicated to preserving and enhancing this eclectic yet cohesive blend of ways of being.
To join the MWIA is to give strength to our collective voices in matters that will have decades of lasting impact on our neighborhood and the surrounding areas. Thanks to our many hundreds of members, the city respectfully listens when the MWIA decides on a course of action. We have stopped development that threatened to diminish the neighborhood, supported development that enhanced it, and fought for communal enhancements such as parks and trails.
The MWIA began in 1885 and has a long history of working for and reflecting the values of the neighborhood. It has thrived through the generous support of our members. A wonderful benefit of being a member is our MWIA member value card which promotes our local businesses and saves you money. Joining is only $19 for new members and $40 thereafter.
Residents’ support of the MWIA helps make Mount Washington a neighborhood where, year-in and year out, homes maintain and increase their values. Members’ dues are used to print the bimonthly newsletter, now published six times a year; support community events such as the Spirit of Mount Washington Parade; and help the neighborhood school. The Northwest Park and its playground owe much to the efforts of the MWIA, both present and past, working with our local politicians.
Indeed, a robust membership also helps the MWIA vigorously represent the neighborhood’s interests before city and state planners and politicians. Baltimore’s City Hall has called MWIA one of the most influential organizations of its kind in the City. With such issues as the allocation of gambling revenues, the City’s major zoning-plan upgrade, and road and traffic improvements, Mount Washington needs the kind of clout that only comes with strong Association membership and resident involvement.
MWIA has adopted a process for all interested in requesting the association's support in their improvement projects.
To review the process and answer the required conditions, please download the MWIA Developer Guide and Questionnaire.
The first use of this process is for Blue Ocean Realty who is under contract to purchase the St. John's church for use for its office headquarters. This will require a change to Transform Baltimore adding conditional use approval as a Neighborhood Commercial Use in the R-1D district. Neighborhood Commercial is a new land use category in Transform to provide for limited non-residential uses to occupy non-residential buildings such as churches or schools.
The proposal is outlined in the questionnaire and plans.
The proposal will be presented by Blue Ocean at a community meeting and fully discussed on 3/2 at the Mt. Washington School Lower Building (the one on Smith Ave) in the gym.
In our January 2017 Newsletter, we cover stories about a community center, the village merchants President, historic district projects, a new salon, and more.
It also is time to renew your MWIA membership and this issue contains the value card directory which you can also find on our membership page.
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