Governor Hogan announces funding for major security improvements in Little Italy

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GOVERNOR VIDEO RELEASE: Governor Hogan Announces Funding for Major Safety Improvements in Little Italy

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

Future budget funding will make Little Italy part of the Waterfront partnership

ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 24, 2022) – Gov. Larry Hogan announced today that the state of Maryland will make more than $500,000 in important investments to help Baltimore City’s Little Italy community make much-needed safety improvements while they working 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 Cafe Gia and a neighborhood walk with community leaders. He was joined by Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson, who lobbied 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 can’t allow that to happen,” Governor Hogan said. “All of these safety improvements 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 I encourage everyone to visit Little Italy.”

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“Little Italy is a cornerstone of Baltimore City, and I am excited about this significant investment in security in one of our historic neighborhoods,” said President Ferguson. “I want to thank the governor for his leadership and welcome all Marylanders who come and enjoy Baltimore’s important cultural jewel, Little Italy.”

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

Initiatives that will be accelerated in funding this year through Neighborhood Security Grants include:

Vehicle Tag Readers: $130,000
Vehicle tag readers will be installed at key intersections, including President Street and Pratt Street, to assist in identifying and apprehending suspects in Little Italy and the surrounding downtown thoroughfares.

Cameras accessible to the police: $83,000
A network of strategically placed cameras will be installed on the police network to make it easier for law enforcement agencies to monitor trouble spots effectively in real time. It is a combination of cameras that will be deployed on President Street and Pratt Street to provide clear, high-resolution imagery to monitor this important east-west thoroughfare. Mast cameras will also be installed at all access points of the north-south and east-west corridors to provide police with street-level data to/from neighboring communities and highways.

Crossroad Reflective Paint: $40,000
Little Italy’s entrance streets will be painted at key intersections to provide safer and clearer crosswalks for vehicular and pedestrian traffic for tourists and residents.

Initiatives for which the Governor will direct future budget appropriations include:

Creation of a business improvement district and expansion of the Waterfront partnership to Little Italy: $250,000
The state will provide funding to help Little Italy create a business improvement district that will receive 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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