June 21, 2010

Live Near Your Work house tours planned for Bayview neighborhood

The Live Near Your Work program and Southeast Community Development Corp. will hold an open house and home tour in the Bayview neighborhood, the community nestled between the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus and Joseph Lee Park, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 1. Richard Bennett, president of the medical center, and Delegate Carolyn Krysiak, a resident of the neighborhood, will kick off the tour from Krysiak’s garden at 364 Cornwall St. (corner of Bank Street).

The Bayview community qualifies for a $2,500 Johns Hopkins Live Near Your Work grant, available to homebuyers as down payment or closing cost assistance. For university employees, non-tier grants in the amount of $2,500 will become available July 1; these grants are limited to 20 per fiscal year and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

LNYW recipients may also qualify for a low-interest Healthy Neighborhoods loan, Healthy Neighborhoods rehab grant, Federal Home Loan Bank down payment assistance and other home-buying incentives, opportunities that will be explained at the event.

The open house will be followed by a short guided tour of houses in the neighborhood, including two beautifully decorated “showcase” homes and several houses now on the market. Tours will begin at 6 p.m. A self-guided tour map will be provided.

RSVPs are not necessary but would be appreciated; call Sandy Jenkins, the LNYW coordinator, at 443-997-7000.

Additional receptions and house tours in July and August are planned for Patterson Park, Highlandtown and Greektown, all of which are Healthy Neighborhoods communities eligible for Live Near Your Work grants.