Press Release

July 13, 2021
Cardin, Van Hollen Submit Requests for Maryland Transportation Infrastructure, Clean Water and Public Safety Projects

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen announced Tuesday their Congressionally Directed Spending Requests (Community Spending) for three appropriations bills: (1) Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations; (2) Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations; and (3) Homeland Security Appropriations. Together, these proposed federal investments will strengthen economic development and public safety through multimodal transportation infrastructure, clean water, housing and community centered programs.

“Every Marylander deserves clean water, convenient and affordable transportation options, a safe and welcoming place to call home, and opportunities for economic advancement. Team Maryland strives to support deserving local initiatives that will bring tangible benefits to our communities – making them safer, more accessible and more equitable for residents,” said Senator Cardin, Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. “There is no single solution for every infrastructure challenge facing Marylanders, which is why we sought out community projects that boost local capacity in essential areas, including those that will assist our neediest communities.”            

“Updating our infrastructure – from fixing our roads and bridges, to increasing access to affordable housing, to providing clean water to our residents – is vital to the lives and livelihoods of Marylanders. That’s why we’ve partnered with nonprofits, local governments, and community leaders across our state to identify these projects that will help expand economic opportunity for Marylanders, improve our environment, and invest in the success of our state. We’ll be working to bring these funds directly to our communities, ensuring that these resources go directly to where they’re needed most,” said Senator Van Hollen a member of the Appropriations Committee and member of the Subcommittees on Transportation, Housing & Urban Development and Related Agencies and Interior & Environment and Related Agencies.

Senator Cardin’s FY22 requests can be found here. Senator Van Hollen’s FY22 requests can be found here. These pages will be updated as Appropriations subcommittee requests are submitted.

 

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations

PROJECT TITLE: 411 Kitchen
Recipient Name:
Cross Street Partners
Location:
Cambridge, Maryland
Project Purpose:
The 411 Kitchen is part of a broader redevelopment of the former Phillips Packing Company, Factory F (Packing House) in Cambridge, Maryland, and intended to support and grow economic opportunity in agriculture, aquaculture, environmental technologies, and tourism. Federal funds will cover gap financing to finish the physical build out of the project and purchase equipment necessary for a fully functioning commercial kitchen. The 411 Kitchen is a shared-use commercial kitchen designed to empower, elevate and establish a thriving food entrepreneur community in Cambridge and the greater Mid-shore Region. The project will increase access to consistent and healthy food resources for the underserved communities in the region through this project. In addition to educating the region on the benefits of healthy eating, the 411 Kitchen is essential in supporting Maryland’s resource-based industries.  The kitchen will not only preserve Cambridge’s unique agricultural heritage but will launch a new entrepreneurial engine that will bring vibrancy to be agricultural and food-related markets. As part of the broader Packing House redevelopment, the kitchen helps attract private investment, creates economic and employment opportunities, provides job training, reduces vacant space, and grows the local tax base.
Amount Requested:
$1.4 million

PROJECT TITLE: Baltimore County Transit Headquarters
Location: Towson, MD
Recipient Name: Baltimore County
Project Purpose: Funds will be used to build the county’s first transit headquarters to support transit operations, including administration and maintenance. Establishing a centralized transit headquarters will help continue expanding the system in the county and generate long-term savings by facilitating in-house transit vehicle maintenance.
Amount Requested: $1 million 

PROJECT TITLE: Baltimore Healthy Housing to Advance Health and Racial Equity Project
Location: Baltimore, MD
Recipient Name: Green and Healthy Homes Initiative
Project Purpose: Funds will be used to improve housing conditions for low-income families with children and seniors in East Baltimore through lead hazard control, asthma trigger reduction, and energy efficiency/weatherization. The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative will hire, train, and accredit up to 12 community residents to perform the work.
Amount Requested: $1 million 

PROJECT TITLE: Baltimore Penn Station Multi-Modal Access Project
Location: Baltimore, MD
Recipient Name: Maryland Department of Transportation
Project Purpose: Funds will be used for sweeping renovations to Baltimore Penn Station in order to improve transportation for residents and visitors. Updates will provide for dedicated bus lanes, new pick up and drop off zones, bike lanes and storage, public plazas and green spaces, and kiosks to provide transit riders with information about community and multimodal options. Improved connection to the station from the surrounding communities will also improve economic development opportunities for Baltimore City, allowing City residents and neighborhoods improved access to numerous jobs along the MARC Penn Line and the Northeast Corridor and to tourists and visitors that come to Baltimore by train.
Amount Requested: $1 million – $10 million

PROJECT TITLE: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Air Traffic Control Tower
Recipient Name: Maryland Department of Transportation
Location: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Project Purpose: Support a new air traffic control tower for BWI Airport, as the existing tower does not meet current building code standards and cannot fully reap the benefits of Next Generation air traffic control technology, including safety, environmental, and efficiency benefits.  In addition, the existing tower constrains the airport’s ability to add new domestic and international gates due to sight line limitations from the existing tower to operational areas in planned future expansions. With the forecasted recovery from COVID-19 impacts and continued growth in international and low-cost carrier activity at BWI, additional gate capacity will be needed in the next several years.

Amount Requested: $4 million
PROJECT TITLE: Bethel Empowerment and Wellness Center
Recipient Name: Bethel Empowerment and Wellness Center
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Project Purpose: The Bethel Empowerment and Wellness Center (BEWC) serves as a community resource hub that connects low-income residents of Baltimore to resources and service providers to improve the quality of life and well-being of West Baltimore’s impoverished Upton community. The vision for the Center is providing quality resources and hosting vetted vital health, education, daycare, financial, nutrition, employment training, community development, cultural, and other services and small businesses to initiate long-term community change. Our board came together eight years ago to rejuvenate a vacant building owned by the Bethel Outreach Center (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization) that had fallen into disrepair. Funding this Center will allow the community to have a revitalized focal point, showing that out of despair can come something good, particularly in light of many years of neighborhood disinvestment and higher than average levels of poverty where nearly 40 percent of households are living in poverty. The project is intended to be self-sustaining with rental income from tenants.
Amount Requested: $251,000

PROJECT TITLE: Bethesda Metro South Entrance
Location: Bethesda, MD
Recipient Name: Montgomery County Department of Transportation
Project Purpose: Funds will be used for a new Bethesda South Metro Access that will provide access from Elm Street west of Wisconsin Avenue to the southern end of the Bethesda Metrorail Station. The station will provide connection to the Purple Line via the Bethesda Light Rail Transition station platforms just west of Wisconsin Avenue, helping to integrate the Purple Line with the WMATA Metrorail system.
Amount Requested: $2 million

PROJECT TITLE: Bladensburg Trade School
Recipient Name:
Town of Bladensburg, Maryland
Location:
Bladensburg, Maryland
Project Purpose:
Support the Town of Bladensburg’s construction of a new Trade School facility that would facilitate education, training, and career opportunities for local students and workers. In partnership with a long-time Bladensburg business, federal funding would be used to tear down an aging structure and allow space to build a new energy efficient trade school. This meets a direct community need for low-income residents and would allow the Town and Prince George’s County to provide apprenticeship opportunities to earn skills while enrolled in high school and obtain gainful employment in the skilled trades immediately after graduating that directly meet the needs of local employers.
Amount Requested:
$1 million

PROJECT TITLE: Brentwood Gateway Arts District Façade Improvements
Recipient Name:
Town of Brentwood, Maryland
Location:
Brentwood, Maryland
Project Purpose:
Fund the federal match for façade improvements within the Town of Brentwood’s Gateway Arts District. The purpose of the facade improvements would be to improve the streetscape along and adjacent to major roads and increase the walkability of the neighborhoods within the Gateway Arts District. Additionally, the improvements would serve to increase the viability of local businesses, thereby stimulating the local economy, reduce blight, facilitate investment, and increase access to local businesses to those with disabilities. Federal funding would cover rehabilitation and repair improvements such as window or door replacement, painting or other like finishes, exterior lighting, signage, and awnings, exterior shutters and gutters, masonry, etc. that are approved under the approved Gateway Arts District Approved Sector Plan.
Amount Requested:
$80,000

PROJECT TITLE: Cecil County Belvidere Road Expansion
Location: Cecil County, MD
Recipient Name: Cecil County Government
Project Purpose: Funds will be used for planning and engineering of the expansion of Belvidere Road as part of the approved new Interstate 95 interchange, improving local traffic and commuting.
Amount Requested: $500,000

PROJECT TITLE: Charles-PG Southern Maryland Rapid Transit (SMRT)
Location: White Plains, MD
Recipient Name: Charles County
Project Purpose: Funds will be used for the planning, design, engineering, and environmental review process for the development of a 19-mile fixed-route, high-capacity transit service from the Branch Avenue Metrorail Station in Camp Springs to Waldorf/White Plains. The transit corridor would help alleviate traffic between Washington D.C. and Charles County and serve as a catalyst for economic and job growth. It is a top priority for Charles County.
Amount Requested: $5 million

PROJECT TITLE: Crisfield-Somerset County Airport Hangar
Location: Crisfield, MD
Recipient Name: Board of Commissioners of Somerset County
Project Purpose: Funds will be used to construct an airport hangar in order to encourage greater use of the airport as a base of operations, promote recreational use of the airport, and enhance tourism in Somerset County.
Amount Requested: $750,000 

PROJECT TITLE: Dual Locomotives for Commuter Rail Service in the Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel
Location: Baltimore, MD
Recipient Name: Maryland Department of Transportation
Project Purpose: Funds will be used to purchase up to 12 dual mode electric/diesel locomotives to operate in the new B&P tunnel once its construction is complete. The upgraded locomotives will allow for increased train speeds, more fleet capacity and flexibility, reduced emissions, and improved service reliability, including new and express trips.
Amount Requested: $1 million

PROJECT TITLE: Fredrick to C&O Canal Trail Feasibility Study
Recipient Name:
Journey Through Hallowed Ground
Location:
Frederick, Maryland
Project Purpose:
Support the Journey through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) in conducting a feasibility study for a trail connecting the City of Frederick to the C&O Canal. Such a trail will provide a tremendous asset for tourism and recreation, linking and highlighting key historic and cultural resources of our region. JTHG has been active in identifying opportunities for trail development and expansion, and is well-equipped to explore in further detail a trail linking Frederick’s downtown with the C&O Canal Historical Park and Trail.
Amount Requested:
$1 million

PROJECT TITLE: Frederick East Street Rails with Trails: Liberty Road Bridge Crossing
Location: Frederick, MD
Recipient Name: City of Frederick
Project Purpose: Funds will be used for the final design and construction of a bridge to carry the East Street shared-use pathway over Liberty Road/MD 26. The East Street Trails with Trails Shared-Use Pathway will provide access from the East Street MARC station to Mill Island, enhancing transit options in East Frederick.
Amount Requested: $535,000

PROJECT TITLE: Garrett Trails
Location: Garrett County, MD
Recipient Name: Garrett County
Project Purpose: Funds will be used to help complete the Meadow Mountain Trail, which is the portion of the Eastern Continental Divide Loop plan that runs from Deep Creek State Park to Grantsville. The project will provide safe paths through public land and increase tourism to Garrett County.
Amount Requested: $975,000

PROJECT TITLE: Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Inc., Outdoor Programs
Location: Annapolis, MD
Recipient Name: Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Inc.
Project Purpose: Funds will be used to renovate Girl Scouts Camp Woodlands in Annapolis to expand access for underserved families and individuals with disabilities while also upgrading storm-water management to protect the shoreline in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Amount Requested: $500,000

PROJECT TITLE: Goucher Enhancing Community Accessibility at Goucher College
Location: Towson, MD
Recipient Name: Goucher College
Project Purpose: Funds will be used to install one mile of pervious surface paving connecting to the campus’s wooded trail system and the perimeter walkways adjoining Dulaney Valley Road and Southerly Road adjacent to the campus. This project will allow a greater numbers of Towson residents, including those in the continuous care communities like Edenwald, to safely use the trails and walkways.
Amount Requested: $490,000

PROJECT TITLE: Greensboro Judy Center Early Learning Hub Facility
Location: Greensboro, MD
Recipient Name: Caroline County Public Schools
Project Purpose: Funds will be used to complete the development of the Greensboro Judy Center Early Learning Hub on the Greensboro Elementary School campus in order to provide full-day/full-year quality child care and services for parents in the community.
Amount Requested: $500,000

PROJECT TITLE: Gwynn Falls Trail, Anne Arundel County
Recipient Name:
Anne Arundel County Department of Transportation
Location:
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Project Purpose:
Support the study of the extension of Gwynn Falls Trail in Anne Arundel County, which would help the Brooklyn Park community, currently poorly served by bicycle infrastructure for connectivity to jobs and services. MedStar Harbor Hospital was recently awarded a grant to provide 30% of design costs to connect the BWI Trail in Anne Arundel County to the Gwynn Falls Trail in Baltimore City. The study will explore opportunities to extend the Gwynn Falls Trail to the south and create a connection to the BWI Trail spur at the North Linthicum Light Rail Station, while winding through the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Brooklyn Park.
Amount Requested:
$1 million

PROJECT TITLE: Hanover Parkway Off-Road Bikeway
Location: Greenbelt, MD
Recipient Name: City of Greenbelt
Project Purpose: Funds will be used for the final design and construction of an off-road bikeway along the Hanover Parkway Corridor between Mandan Road and Good Luck Road, including bicycle facilities. The project will provide safe route for cyclists between Greenbelt East and Historic Greenbelt and will enable a cross-city bicycle route that connects to the Anacostia regional trail network.
Amount Requested: $760,000

PROJECT TITLE: Helping the Immigrant Youth of Maryland Succeed
Location: Montgomery County, MD
Recipient Name: Liberty’s Promise
Project Purpose: Funds will be used to expand programs at schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties that provide civics education and internship opportunities for low-income immigrant youth, including English Language Learners.
Amount Requested: $590,379

PROJECT TITLE: Hyattsville David C. Driscoll Community Park Master Plan
Recipient Name: Town of Hyattsville, Maryland
Location: Hyattsville, Maryland
Project Purpose: Support completion of the David C. Driscoll Community Park Master Plan. The Town of Hyattsville has utilized local dollars to create a comprehensive concept design based off community input for the redesign of the aging Magruder Park. Federal funding to complete the master plan for the park will provide the City with a template for providing increased recreational services, advanced stormwater compliance and protection of the existing tree canopy in a park space of more than 30 acres. The David C. Driscoll Community Park, once constructed, will include new opportunities for accessible programming at the new community center, and throughout the park places to enjoy nature, places to enjoy sports, places to play and safe places to walk or sit quietly.
Amount Requested: $400,000

PROJECT TITLE: Kingdom Cares Center
Location: Beltsville, MD
Recipient Name: Kingdom Global Community Development Corporation
Project Purpose: Funds will be used on the initial phase renovation of the Kingdom Cares Center, which will serve as a hub for food assistance, rental and utilities assistance, health support, and workforce development for communities in Prince George’s, Montgomery, and Howard Counties.
Amount Requested: $2 million 

PROJECT TITLE: MD 4 Corridor and Thomas Johnson Bridge Capacity Improvements Project
Location: Solomons, MD
Recipient Name: Maryland Department of Transportation
Project Purpose: Funds will be used to continue the design of St. Mary’s County’s top priority transportation project, which includes widening sections of MD 4 and replacing the functionally obsolete MD 4 Thomas Johnson Bridge. The completed project will improve safety and capacity for commuters in an increasingly congested corridor, and ensure access to Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
Amount Requested: $1 million

PROJECT TITLE: Odenton MARC Transit Oriented Development
Recipient Name:
Anne Arundel County
Location:
Odenton, Maryland
Project Purpose:
Support the early phases of transit-oriented development at the Odenton MARC station by replacing all surface parking spaces fronting the train platform with a 1,100 space parking structure. Another 412 temporary use parking spaces will provide continuous use during the construction period at four sites near the MARC train platform. The next phase of the project will consist of developing 317 private residential units and 65,700 square feet of commercial retail space.
Amount Requested:
$1 million

PROJECT TITLE: Patuxent Commons
Location: Columbia, MD
Recipient Name: Mission First Housing Development Corporation
Project Purpose: Funds will be used to build and equip a mixed-income, intergenerational 76-unit apartment complex with 25% of units set-aside for adults with disabilities. Construction will generate 150 direct and 140 indirect jobs and the completed complex will provide space for adults with disabilities to live independent lives.
Amount Requested: $500,000

PROJECT TITLE: Pikesville Armory Renovation
Recipient Name:
1000 Friends of Pikesville
Location:
Baltimore County, Maryland
Project Purpose:
Support the first two phases of the renovation of the former Pikesville, Maryland Armory. This 14-acre campus is located in a diverse community that lacks any parks, public open space, or community gathering and arts venues. After an 18-month community visioning process undertaken by the governor’s appointed Commission on the Future of the Pikesville Armory, the community has agreed to a project that, once completed, will provide significant opportunities for recreation, cultural arts, youth development, and senior activities. The $2.4 million will allow the Pikesville Armory Foundation to complete the design work for the first two phases of the renovation. State, County, and nonprofit funding also has been secured for this widely supported project.
Amount Requested:
$1 million

PROJECT TITLE: Professional Boulevard Phase II
Location:  Hagerstown, MD
Recipient Name: Washington County
Project Purpose: Funds will be used to construct a four-lane closed section roadway to connect Professional Boulevard into the roundabout intersection at Yale Drive as part of the Professional Boulevard Expansion. The project will provide better access to Hagerstown Community College and Meritus medical campus, which includes the region’s level II trauma center, as well as the planned Mt. Aetna Farms Technology Park.
Amount Requested: $1.75 million

PROJECT TITLE: Public School 103 Henry Highland Garnett/Justice Thurgood Marshall Center
Recipient Name: Beloved Community Services Corporation
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Project Purpose: Support the renovation of Baltimore Public School Building 103 (P.S. 103), the former elementary school of Baltimorean and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall. The project will redevelop the school into a community resource center while preserving its historic character and paying tribute to the civil rights legacy of the site. An ongoing Justice Thurgood Marshall Speaker Series is intended to provide funding for scholarships for local residents to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities. An on-site, University of Maryland affiliated center for education, justice, and ethics will allow residents and tourists to the site to learn more about the legacy of Justice Marshall. Through a Congressionally funded National Park Service Public Resource Study, the National Park Service continues to evaluate the potential designation of the site as a new National Park unit.
Amount Requested: $1 million

PROJECT TITLE: Reconstruction of MD 97 at Montgomery Hills
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Recipient Name: Maryland Department of Transportation
Project Purpose: Funds will allow for improved design of north and southbound MD 97 in the areas of Forest Glen, Montgomery Hills, and Woodside Park, increasing safety for all drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists, while improving traffic flow. 
Amount Requested: $1 million

PROJECT TITLE: Revitalization of Pennsylvania Avenue Market: Creating a Community Hub of Healthy Food Living
Location: Baltimore, MD
Recipient Name: City of Baltimore
Project Purpose: Funds will be used by the Baltimore Public Markets Corporation and City Dibs to revitalize the Avenue Market in Upton to provide healthy food access, sustain farmers and farms across the metro area, and help entrepreneurs grow their businesses and provide more jobs.
Amount Requested: $2 million 

PROJECT TITLE: Route 218 Suitland Road Improvements
Location: Suitland, MD
Recipient Name: Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County
Project Purpose: Funds will be used for the reconstruction of Suitland Road from Silver Hill Road to Lacy Avenue at the Suitland Federal Center and the Town Square at Suitland Federal Center, providing safe pedestrian crossing points, wide sidewalks, bike lanes, landscaping, and lighting to improve traffic control and pedestrian access to retail and restaurant amenities in the redeveloped Town Square.
Amount Requested: $2.5 million

PROJECT TITLE: Russell and Monroe Street Ramp Bridge Replacements
Location: Baltimore, MD
Recipient Name: City of Baltimore
Project Purpose: Funds will be used to accelerate the removal and replacement of two deteriorating bridges that cross CSX rails, lead into the city, and serve as “through truck routes” to carry goods to and from the Carroll Camden Industrial Area and the Port of Baltimore. These bridges are a critical southern gateway into Baltimore City and important transportation nodes for the City’s growing entertainment district.
Amount Requested: $1 million

PROJECT TITLE: Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport Runway Extension
Location: Wicomico County, MD
Recipient Name: Wicomico County
Project Purpose: Funds will be used to extend a runway and taxiway to meet the needs of the local air carrier, secure air service and airline jobs in the region, and support future demand and growth of the airport. The FAA has approved the runway extension on the Airport Layout Plan.
Amount Requested: $500,000

PROJECT TITLE: Sandtown Center revitalization
Recipient Name:
Clergy United for the Transformation of Sandtown Community Development Corporation
Location:
Baltimore, Maryland
Project Purpose:
Support the Sandtown Center project that will allow fully fund Phase One of predevelopment construction and a complete renovation of the building that will serve as a community center. Currently, the site is a vacant, underutilized building strategically located in the center of the Sandtown community. Vacant and abandoned properties are a public eyesore and shelter criminal activity. With the award of funding for pre-design, the Clergy United for the Transformation of Sandtown Community Development Corporation can make transform the Center into a place of pride for the low-income residents of Sandtown. Proposed services at the Center would include business incubation for Sandtown small businesses, a meeting place for civic and nonprofit organizations and stakeholders, as well as retail, health, and business opportunities for residents.
Amount Requested:
$250,000

PROJECT TITLE: Sparrows Point Park Project in Baltimore County
Recipient Name:
Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks
Location:
Baltimore County, Maryland
Project Purpose:
Funding to allow the 22-acre Sparrows Point Park project to be completed in a single phase. The site is located at the historic Bethlehem Steel Mill, the former largest steel mill in the world. This project would provide a 16,000 square foot community center with double court gym, two community-accessible activity rooms and concessions areas, a full-size synthetic turf field, a 10,000 square foot playground, scenic walking path along the Chesapeake Bay, Americans with Disabilities Act accessible fishing pier any kayak launch. Sparrows Point Park will soon be shovel ready after the phase two environmental study was recently completed. Additional state and local funding for the project has been secured to begin work on the project over multiple years.
Amount Requested:
$3 million

PROJECT TITLE: Somerset County Trail, Crisfield to Westover
Recipient Name:
Somerset County Department of Recreation & Parks
Location:
Somerset County, Maryland
Project Purpose:
Funding to support the completion of a walking and bicycling trail linking Westover and Crisfield in Somerset County, MD. To date, 4.7 miles of this travel have been completed along state-owned right of way along an abandoned rail bed. Approximately eight miles are left to complete.
Amount Requested: $3 million

PROJECT TITLE: US 29 Bus Rapid Transit Improvement Project – Phase II
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Recipient Name: Montgomery County
Project Purpose: Funds will be used for final design of Phase II of the US 29 Bus Rapid Transit project, including improved pedestrian and bicyclist mobility, safety, and access in the US 29 corridor, which would improve transit ridership on the US 29 Flash, local Ride On routes, WMATA Metrobus routes, and regional commuter bus routes.
Amount Requested: $1 million

PROJECT TITLE: WMATA Greenbelt Station Trail
Location: Greenbelt, MD
Recipient Name: City of Greenbelt
Project Purpose: Funds will be used to construct a bike/pedestrian trail to connect and expand multi-modal opportunities at the Greenbelt Metro Station. The Trail will connect neighborhoods like the Greenbelt Station Subdivision with communities in the City of College Park and the Town of Berwyn Heights, and will connect to regional parks like Lake Artemisia and local trail networks like the Indian Stream Trail.
Amount Requested: $2.4 million

PROJECT TITLE: US 50 Pedestrian and Bicycle Overpass in Stevensville, MD
Recipient Na