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South Baltimore 7 Coalition throws support behind Maglev project, Cherry Hill Station 

The South Baltimore 7 Coalition (SB7), a nonprofit organization working on behalf of south Baltimore communities, Friday added its support for the proposed Superconducting Maglev high-speed passenger train project and its developer, Baltimore-Washington Rapid Rail (BWRR), as well as the proposed Maglev station atop the Maryland Transit Administration’s Cherry Hill Light Rail station.

A Community Benefits Agreement is planned to detail BWRR’s activities with, and contributions to, South Baltimore communities. The developer looks forward to working closely with communities as the Federally mandated NEPA process is completed, particularly upon Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) approval of the project and selection of Cherry Hill as the Baltimore station. SB7 and BWRR are committed to working together in the coming weeks on further details.

As BWRR’s preferred site, the proposed station in Cherry Hill builds on recent strategic decisions to attract additional resources to south Baltimore as a major destination. Notable initiatives such as Port Covington and Reimagine Middle Branch are among the other projects coming to fruition that will help to redefine the future of the area. When the Maglev’s construction is complete, its timing should align well with myriad efforts underway.

The SB7 Coalition was formed as the result of a partnership among six community organizations – The coalition consists of the Concerned Citizens for a Better Brooklyn, Cherry Hill Community Coalition, Community of Curtis Bay Association, Lakeland Community Association Partnership, Mt. Winans Community Association and the Westport Neighborhood Association —  in south Baltimore and the private development entity that sought to build a 26-acre site across Middle Branch, Port Covington.

Through two years of intensive negotiating, fact-finding, and examination of best practices across the country, representatives from the communities, along with representatives from the Port Covington Development Team, agreed to a framework for funding community priority projects and working together to advance an ongoing partnership.