Seawall Development’s housing and mixed-use projects received a nice chunk of change from the state on Tuesday.
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development awarded the developer a combined $150,000 in Community Legacy Awards for the developer’s Tire Shop and Miller’s Square II projects. The projects are two of hundreds throughout the state that received more than $5.5 million in state funds.
“There’s always a little gap at the end of any project, you know, especially when you’re trying to bring in nonprofit tenants, and community organizations, and theaters like Single Carrot,” said Thibault Manekin, founder of Seawall Development Co. “At the end of the day [the legacy awards] are the difference between the project happening and not happening so they’re really really helpful.”
The Tire Shop, which involves transforming a former tire shop into nonprofit office space, adding the Single Carrot Theater’s new home and creating space f0r Spike Gjerde’s newest restaurant Parts and Labor, received $100,000. The project’s investment total is $3.3 million.
Miller’s Court II—named after Seawall’s original mixed-use development in the neighborhood—also received a $50,000 legacy grant. The project involves rehabbing five Remington row homes and making them available to teachers at affordable prices. Total investment for that project is $1.1 million.
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who attended the press conference at the Tire Shop to announce the grants, praised the work Seawall has been doing as the type of investment the state wants to leverage.
“These projects are all possible because we’re bringing people together. They are public-private partnerships. We’re bringing people together and we’re united in our goal to make a Baltimore a great place to live, work, raise a family and start a business,” Brown said.