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ArtScape 2012 Traffic Changes

Posted by Matt on July 17, 2012  |   Comments Off on ArtScape 2012 Traffic Changes

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation would like to advise motorists of the street closures and parking restrictions in effect for Artscape 2012, Baltimore’s annual celebration of the arts. The event will take place in the vicinity of the Maryland Institute College of Art along Mount Royal Avenue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 20 – 22, 2012, rain or shine.

With over 350,000 people expected to attend this event, patrons are strongly encouraged to use public transportation, including mass transit, the light rail, park & ride facilities and the Charm City Circulator. The Mount Royal Light Rail stop is located in the heart of the festival and will operate with extended hours throughout the weekend.

In preparation for the event, a variety of traffic modifications will be implemented in the vicinity of the festival. Parking will be restricted within the festival area. Motorists should be aware that residential permit parking regulations will be strictly enforced.

The following street will be closed starting at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2012 and will remain closed until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2012:

Dolphin Street from Mount Royal Avenue to Howard Street

The following streets will be closed at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, July 16, 2012 through 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012:

Mt. Royal Avenue closed between North Avenue and Charles Street Cathedral Street closed between Preston Street and Mount Royal Avenue Preston Street closed between Cathedral and Howard Streets Oliver Street closed between Maryland and Mt. Royal Avenues (local garage and post office access will be maintained)  Both sides of W. Lanvale Street closed from Mt. Royal Avenue to Rutter Street

The following streets will be closed at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 through 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 23, 2012:

Curb lanes closed on Preston Street from Maryland Avenue to Cathedral Street North side curb lane closed on Lanvale Street from Mt. Royal Avenue to Rutter Street

The following streets will be closed at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 19, 2012 through 6:00 a.m. Monday, July 23, 2012 (Impact begins on Charles Street):

North Charles Street closed from Preston Street to North Avenue. The I-83 RAMP WILL CLOSE AT THIS TIME.   Local access will be maintained between Biddle and Preston Streets. E. Mt. Royal Avenue closed from St. Paul to Charles Streets Lanvale Street closed from Maryland Avenue to Lovegrove Street North side curb lane of Preston Street closed from Charles to Lovegrove Streets LaFayette Avenue closed between Maryland Avenue and St. Paul Street. Local access will be maintained between St. Paul and Charles Streets.

The following streets will be closed at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 20, 2012 until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 23, 2012 (Impact begins on Maryland Avenue):

Both sides of Maryland Avenue closed from North Avenue to Preston Street Southbound Jones Falls Expressway ramp to Maryland Avenue will remain open during this time for garage traffic only. A temporary two-way traffic pattern will be installed along Maryland Avenue from Oliver Street to North Avenue. Northbound Maryland Avenue traffic must make a right turn at North Avenue. A temporary two-way traffic pattern will be installed along W. Lafayette Avenue from Falls Road to Maryland Avenue to allow access to city yards and local businesses. W. Preston Street closed from Maryland Avenue to Cathedral Street (access will be granted to Meyerhoff Garage patrons only) Two-way traffic will be installed on Park Avenue (next to the Meyerhoff) from Cathedral Street to the Symphony Center garage for festival parking.

Special Penn Drive Traffic Chute:

Once Charles Street closes, a special traffic chute will be created using traffic cones during non-festival hours to allow vehicles from Penn Drive to gain access to the I-83 ramp. Right turns onto N. Charles Street will still be restricted during these times.

The special chute will open:

Thursday, July 19 at 12:00 a.m. until Friday, July 20 at 8:00 a.m. Friday, July 20 at 10:00 p.m. until Saturday, July 21 at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21 at 10:00 p.m. until Sunday, July 22 at 9:30 a.m.

Special Traffic Patterns:

Special one-way traffic patterns will be implemented along various roadways in the vicinity of the festival to provide local access for area residents throughout the event. Please note that on Sunday, July 22, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, Maryland Avenue will be converted to a two-way traffic from Preston Street to Mt. Royal Avenue for morning church services. Congregational members trying to access the church should follow St. Paul Street to Preston Street, then Maryland Avenue to the parking lot.


Homeowner Relief and Foreclosure Prevention Workshop

Posted by Matt on July 9, 2012  |   Comments Off on Homeowner Relief and Foreclosure Prevention Workshop


Attorney General Gansler and Saint Ambrose Housing Aid Center will be co-hosting a foreclosure prevention workshop this Saturday (7/14) to get the word out about resources that may be available to struggling homeowners as a result of the Attorney General’s Mortgage Servicing Settlement with five of the largest banks in the country. There will also be housing counselors and legal aid available on-site to help you figure out your options. More information is below:

Sat., July 14, 2012, 10:00am-3:00pm

St. Matthew’s Church
5401 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21239 (near Good Samaritan)
For more information about the workshop, call 410-576-6956.
More Information and Resources:
Maryland Attorney General’s Call Center: 410-576-6300
Contact MDHOPE Hotline: 1-877-462-7555 to be connected
with a free housing counselor in your area.

Who Should Attend?

If you made your mortgage payments to one of these banks, you may be eligible for relief:

  • Ally/GMAC
  • Bank of America/Countrywide
  • Citi
  • JPMorgan Chase/WaMu
  • Wells Fargo/Wachovia

Even if your mortgage is not serviced by one of these banks, this workshop can help

Why Should I Attend?

  • You may qualify for loan modifications including principal reduction if you are in default or at risk of defaulting on your mortgage payments.
  • You may be able to refinance at today’s historically low interest rates if you are current in your payments but your home is worth less than the mortgage loan amount.
  • If you lost your home to foreclosure, you may be eligible for between $1,500 and $2,000.
  • You will learn about new bank servicing standards that change the way banks deal with borrowers.
  • You can work one-on-one with housing counselors and lawyers. This free service will help you develop your own best action plan, whether or not you qualify for relief under the Settlement.

What Should I Do?

Attend this workshop if you believe you may be eligible for relief or you want to take steps to avoid future mortgage trouble.

“If you are interested in receiving a FREE foreclosure legal consultation at the event, please contact the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland at 1-800-396-1274 ext. 3050 to pre-register and learn how to prepare for the legal consult.”

Homeowners should bring the following documents (or copies) to if interested in a legal or housing counselor consultation:

  1. All paperwork related to current and former mortgages, including loan application, settlement paperwork, lender statements, and any default notices received.
  2. Information about the monthly household budget (income and expenses).
  3. All foreclosure notices or threats received (if any).