South Baltimore 7 Coalition Supports Project Maglev, Cherry Hill Station
The South Baltimore 7 Coalition (SB7), a nonprofit organization working on behalf of communities in South Baltimore, on Friday added its support for the Superconducting Maglev high-speed passenger train project and its developer, Baltimore-Washington Rapid Rail (BWRR). as a proposed Maglev station atop the Maryland Transit Administration’s Cherry Hill light rail station.
A Community Benefits Agreement is planned to detail BWRR’s activities and contributions with communities in South Baltimore. The developer looks forward to working closely with communities as the federally mandated NEPA process is completed, particularly after the project was approved by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Cherry Hill was selected as the station. from Baltimore. SB7 and BWRR have committed to working together in the coming weeks on further details.
As BWRR’s preferred site, the proposed station at Cherry Hill builds on recent strategic decisions to attract additional resources to South Baltimore as a major destination. Notable initiatives such as Port Covington and Reimagine Middle Branch are among other projects underway that will help redefine the future of the region. When construction of the Maglev is complete, its timeline should align well with the myriad of ongoing efforts.
The SB7 Coalition was formed as a result of a partnership between six community organizations – The coalition consists of Concerned Citizens for a Better Brooklyn, Cherry Hill Community Coalition, Community of Curtis Bay Association, Lakeland Community Association Partnership, Mt. Winans Community Association and the Westport Neighborhood Association – in South Baltimore and the private development entity that sought to build a 26-acre site through Middle Branch, Port Covington.
Through two years of intensive negotiations, surveys and reviews of best practices across the country, community representatives, together with representatives of the Port Covington development team, agreed to a framework for funding for priority community and collaborative projects to advance an ongoing partnership.