Colgate

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  • Colgate

    “Colgate is everything I’ve ever need in a community. Small neat houses and great neighbors. I’ve got great shopping just a minute away, and what I can’t find here is just minutes away by I-95 or the beltway.”

    What’s great about Colgate

    • Immediate access to I-95 and Baltimore Beltway
    • Stable and safe community.

    Boundaries

    • North Point Blvd. (west)
    • Eastern Blvd. (south)
    • Rolling Mill Road (north winding east)

     

    Overview

    Colgate lies on the outskirts of Dundalk north of Eastern Avenue, buffering Dundalk from both Essex and Rosedale. Row homes run throughout the neighborhood and feature established homeowners and rental properties. With I-95 directly to the west and the Baltimore Beltway to the east, access to the entire Baltimore metro area is just a short distance away.

    Housing choices

    Colgate features single bungalows and other residences, but the vast majority of structures are row homes constructed after WWII to house the many workers needed for local industry. Most have compact front and back yards.

    Attractions

    Colgate is populated by blue collar families who put great stock in neighborhood pride. Lower-cost housing provides great opportunity for starter homes and those on a budget. Major thoroughfares, public transportation and local major retail outlets make the neighborhood accessible to large surrounding communities. The Colgate Recreation Area provides welcome green space and a playground in this urban setting, while film buffs are happy to be so close to a ten-screen movie theater.

    Neighborhood and Civic Organizations

    • Colgate Improvement Association: (410) 929-8265
    • Colgate Rec and Parks Council: (410) 887-7180

    Schools

    • Colgate Elementary School: 401 51st Street (410) 887-7010
    • Holabird Middle School : 1701 Delvale Avenue (410) 887-7049
    • Dundalk High School: 1901 Delvale Avenue (410) 887-7023
    • Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts: 8100 Wise Avenue (410) 887-7060
    • Community College of Baltimore County:  7200 Sollers Point Road (443) 840-2222

    Faith-based organizations

    • St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church – 7834 Eastern Avenue (410) 288-0537

    History

    Colgate, admittedly, is not the prettiest of neighborhoods, but what it lacks in immediate appearance it makes up for in a great variety of benefits. Quietly positioned among numerous light industrial sites and major retail locations, Colgate has always been a good place for families just starting out.

    Homes were built uniformly in the 1940s and 50s to answer the demand for workers in the surrounding industries such as Eastern Stainless Steel, Bethlehem Steel, Western Electric and other firms.
    Nearby Eastpoint Mall was one of the first indoor malls built in America, inspired by the Rouse Company that went on to build shopping malls from coast to coast. And because of the prime location of Colgate to industry, retail and other major communities such as Dundalk and Essex, it drew needed public transportation and major transportation routes for commuters and shoppers.

    Most recently, Colgate has enjoyed the prestige of being home to Colgate Elementary School, honored for its vast improvements in student test scores, bolstered by the hard work of its caring professionals and volunteers throughout the community. The Colgate Improvement Association provides support for not only the school, but numerous civic and recreational activities in the area.

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