Cross Street Partners
(The A. Hoen & Co. Lithograph Campus)
Over the years, it became an eye soar in the east Baltimore neighborhood of Collington Square that also began to fill with vacant row houses.
In 2015, the development firm Cross Street Partners and City Life Historic Properties submitted their proposal to Baltimore officials to refurbish the property and gained approval for its purchase in 2016 for $200,000.
The project’s development strategy morphed from an initial focus on housing to what it has now become — the Center for Neighborhood innovation (CNI), said John Renner, vice president at Cross Street Partners. Most of the financing came through in January 2019, and the bulk of the construction was carried out in 2019.
The CNI is essentially an interdisciplinary group of social entrepreneurs, non-profits, service providers, researchers and community members working to provide space and support to its members and improve the broader community.
The CNI community helps students and residents with everything from schooling to job training and career building.
The campus includes 85,000 square feet among three historic structures and two warehouse and storage buildings, while an open floor plan maintains some of the historic components.