Our Focus Neighborhoods
To maximize our impact, we target as many of our resources as possible along the Dundalk Avenue corridor in our focus neighborhoods. Our focus neighborhoods are not only historic and charming, but also tight knit. We seek to stabilize communities within our focus neighorhoods by targeting what could major financial stressors for home owners. Income qualified seniors in our Focus Neighborhoods can take advantage of our Senior Home Repair Grant program which enables seniors to safely age in place and help maintain their home. We encourage developers, through our Market Boost program, to enhance the neighborhoods through quality home renovations. We limit the geography of our projects to make visible, concrete changes with limited resources.
We believe in partnerships and collaboration. We achieve more when we work together. No one entity can do it all, and we welcome opportunities to partner and support others’ endeavors to make Dundalk the best it can be.
Old Dundalk, Dun-Logan, St. Helena, Turner Station and Graceland Park geographically locate the neighborhoods in which we are concentrating our work and programs for 2019-20. While they have some things in common, they each have their own personalities as well.
They all border Dundalk Avenue, a main gateway into the community, with easy access to 695, 95 and into Baltimore City. They have public transportation; MTA bus routes 4, 10 and 31 serve Dundalk and a variety of destinations, including CCBC Dundalk and Essex, as well as downtown Baltimore. LocalLink 62, 63 (from Johns Hopkins Bayview to Tradepoint Atlantic) and 65 have been added, and CityLink Navy connects Dundalk to several city locations.
These neighborhoods have long histories, housing stock that is affordable for the first-time buyer, and some wonderful renovations! Each has an active neighborhood association, where you will quickly notice residents’ strong commitment to their neighborhoods. All Focus Neighborhoods are in the cachement area for the new Dundalk High School, and all but Graceland Park will send their students to the new Dundalk Elementary in fall 2019! Please read on…
Old Dundalk is walkable, full of homes with historic charm on tree-lined streets, with beautiful parks, a post office and schools. The strong historical ties to the architecture of Roland Park are evident and provided for a ‘town center’ with shops, offices, schools, churches, transportation and a community hall. Today the Historic Dundalk Town Center offers an array of retail, eateries, services and businesses. You’ll find several churches and the Y Aquatic Center, as well as the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Museum and the historic home for The Dundalk Eagle. Much of this community is within the National Register Historic District, with homes built before WWI through the 1940s, including stucco duplexes with English village-style peaked slate roofs, detached bungalows, duplexes and brick colonials. The Yorkway Development by Ryan Homes offers a new construction option.
New buyers are discovering the neighborhood, drawn by the small town feel, curved streets and the historical charm. Old Dundalk is host to many community festivals and events, including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Dundalk’s 4th of July Parade and Heritage Fair, the Family Fall Festival, the Christmas Parade, Holiday Hoopla and Cookie Tour, and the Summer Concerts in the Park series.