January 28, 2021

Community Housing Partners (CHP) joined with its project partners and community stakeholders for a virtual ribbon cutting on Thursday, Jan. 28 to celebrate the completion of the largest real estate development project in the organization’s history.

Officials celebrated the transformation that has taken place at J. Van Story Branch Apartments in Baltimore, Maryland, over the past two years of renovations. In addition to representatives from CHP and building residents, speakers included Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott; Janet Abrahams, President and CEO of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC); Will Ferrell, Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager at Bank of America; William Moore, President of Southway Builders; Tom Liebel, Vice President of Moseley Architects; and Ellen Janes, Executive Director of the Central Baltimore Partnership.

“J. Van Story Branch Apartments was the largest project we have ever undertaken at CHP,” said Samantha Brown, Vice President of Multifamily Development at CHP, at the virtual event. “Hundreds of staff, consultants, lenders, investors, contractors, residents, and stakeholders all came together to make this rehabilitation a success.”

Located in the Charles North neighborhood, the 20-story, 350-unit apartment building serves Baltimore’s senior and non-elderly disabled populations. Renovations included new doors, kitchens and baths, flooring, and windows in every apartment, in addition to upgrades to the building’s common spaces and mechanical systems and the installation of an additional elevator and a laundry room on each floor. (Learn more about an art installation in the building and CHP’s 2020 development projects.)

“We are proud of what we did in Baltimore, we hope that you are proud of what we did in Baltimore, and we look forward to serving more residents in Maryland,” said Jeff Reed, President of CHP.

The virtual ribbon cutting is available to watch on CHP’s Facebook and YouTube pages.