Governor Hogan announces funding for major safety upgrades in Little Italy


GOVERNOR’S VIDEO RELEASE: Governor Hogan announces funding for major safety upgrades in Little Italy

Administration to fast-track $250,000 for vehicle tag readers, police-accessible cameras and reflective paint

Future budget funding will make Little Italy part of the Riverside Partnership

Annapolis, MD (August 24, 2022) – Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the State of Maryland will move forward with more than $500,000 in critical investments to help Baltimore’s Little Italy community make the much-needed security upgrades as he works to make the historic district safer for visitors and businesses.

The governor made the announcement during a visit to Little Italy that included lunch at Café Gia and a walk through the neighborhood with community leaders. He was joined by Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson, who advocated for funding.

“Little Italy is a proud community with a rich history, but violent crime threatens to make it less safe and less welcoming. We cannot let this happen,” Governor Hogan said. “All of these security upgrades will help strengthen law enforcement’s ability to make the neighborhood safer and provide more peace of mind for the people who live, visit and work here. I want to thank the leaders of the Little Italy Neighborhood Association for their tireless efforts and President Ferguson for his partnership, and encourage everyone to come and visit Little Italy.

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“Little Italy is a cornerstone of the city of Baltimore, and I’m thrilled to see this significant investment in safety and security in one of our historic neighborhoods,” said Speaker Ferguson. “I want to thank the Governor for his leadership and welcome all Marylanders to come and enjoy the important cultural gem that is Baltimore’s Little Italy.”

Earlier this month, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development met with representatives of the Little Italy Neighborhood Association to discuss these funding requests.

Initiatives to be accelerated in funding this year through Safe Neighborhood Grants include:

Vehicle tag readers: $130,000
Vehicle tag readers will be installed at major intersections, including President and Pratt streets, to help identify and apprehend suspects in Little Italy and surrounding downtown thoroughfares.

Cameras accessible to the police: $83,000
A network of strategically placed cameras will be installed across the police network to enable law enforcement to effectively monitor hotspots in real time. It will be a combination of cameras placed on President and Pratt streets to monitor this important east-west thoroughfare with clear, high-resolution images. Pole cameras will also be installed at all North-South and East-West corridor access points to provide police with street-level data to/from nearby communities and highways.

Street intersection reflective paint: $40,000
Entrance streets to Little Italy will be painted at major intersections to provide safer and clearer crosswalks for vehicular and pedestrian traffic for tourists and residents.

Initiatives for which the Governor will lead future budget funding include:

Creation of a business improvement district and extension of the waterfront partnership to Little Italy: $250,000
The state will commit funds to help Little Italy create a business improvement district that receives security services from the Waterfront Partnership – similar to surrounding neighborhoods. Currently, the Waterfront Partnership includes Inner Harbor, Harbor East, Harbor Point and Fells Point.

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