BALTIMORE (WBFF) - A historic East Baltimore printing plant that has stood empty for 38 years will soon be transformed into a "Center for Neighborhood Innovation."
Financing has been secured to turn the 85,000-square-foot, 134-year-old Hoen & Co. Complex, on East Chase Street, into a home for workforce development programs, nonprofits, revitalization groups, educational training and more.
The announcement was made Friday by the National Trust Community Investment Corporation.
The total development cost is estimated at about $28.5 million.
The Hoen lithograph buildings are "the last remaining site of the oldest continuously operating lithographer in the United States," according to the NTCIC press release. "Known for their precision and high-quality work that elevated the medium, the Hoen & Co. lithographers specialized in cartographic, scientific, and pictorial illustration, producing maps that were influential in the settlement of the west and setting national boundaries... At its peak, the Hoen buildings supported thousands of jobs, many of which were filled by residents of the surrounding blue-collar neighborhood of Collington Square. However, by the time the company succumbed to bankruptcy in 1981, the area was in sharp decline."
The complex is set to be anchored by Associated Builders and Contractors, a national building trade association, and Strong City Baltimore, a nonprofit that empowers community initiatives.
Cross Street Partners, the project's lead developer, and City Life Community Builders will also be moving to the site.