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Demolition of East Baltimore’s McGarvey Industrial Park marks first step of ‘Equality Equation’

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Demolition of East Baltimore’s McGarvey Industrial Park marks first step of ‘Equality Equation’

When the hulking, abandoned McGarvey Industrial Park complex on Belair Road comes down Monday, the demolition not only eliminates a grimy eyesore, but signals the first step in a wave of change a Baltimore couple hopes to bring to this area south of Clifton Park.

Elizabeth and Pless Jones Jr. can claim credit for the building’s demise, as well as the broader vision for the more than 200 acres in the neighborhood that they hope to transform into a thriving community of homeowners.

Their first step is building a workforce development training center where the blighted industrial complex currently stands. Over three phases, the Joneses want to develop a recreation center, health clinic, single-family homes and sustainable green space made from the hundreds of vacant lots in the neighborhood.

The hope to implement what they call the “Equality Equation” at a cost of $125 million to $200 million, leveraging their various connections to find private investors and drawing from state and local subsidies, grants and tax credits that apply to the mission.

“We were motivated by trying to come up with a plan that not only mitigates poverty and distress in urban neighborhoods but also creates economic systems,” said Pless Jones, adding that […]

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