From the Baltimore Sun: Council Advances Port Covington Deal
by Luke Broadwater
Published September 12, 2016
Earlier Monday, a coalition of faith-based and community groups held a news conference in East Baltimore to urge the council to vote in favor of the deal.
The groups — Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, the Progressive Baptist Convention of Maryland and six neighborhood associations representing communities near Port Covington — said a $100 million community benefits agreement negotiated with the developer is too good to pass up.
“We can not allow a historic deal to be held hostage to changing demands,” said the Rev. Glenna Huber, co-chairwoman of BUILD.
A Recap from Revs. Glenna Huber & Andrew Foster Connors, BUILD Clergy Co-Chairs:
First and foremost are the highlights of the deal:
- a 30% local hiring mandate on all infrastructure construction jobs with a 30% goal of all on-site jobs
- $10 million investment in minority & women owned business firms
- a $24 minimum wage across the site for infrastructure
- $25 million workforce development center that will also create a pipeline for local hiring for all permanent jobs
- 1,060 affordable housing units
- And profit sharing that treats the city as the investor that it is.
“As is the case for all BUILD victories, no one individual brought about this win on his or her own. Just like in the book of Nehemiah, BUILD institutions manned their gates, took responsibility for teach-ins, turnouts, and actions and applied tension in the public arena on multiple days, in multiple venues, sometimes with very short notice during a summer when many had hoped to rush through this TIF like so many other developers.
BUILD’s strength is that every decision is made by teams of people who have earned their place at the table – leaders who put in the time and the effort to shepherd a following through relationships that can withstand the sharp elbows and harsh rhetoric in the public arena.
We celebrate those relationships through which our power flows. We celebrate you. Thanks to each of you BUILD has earned a new round of respect from all corners of our city. Take a moment to savor the victory before we press on toward the next goal that God places before us, as we continue to BUILD One Baltimore together.”
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