Baltimore's spending panel approved three deals Wednesday that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake promoted as helping her administration grow and promote Baltimore.
The first was the $6,200 sale of a vacant property in the Coppin Heights neighborhood to the state to help Coppin State University build a new science and technology center. The sale is part of the state's attempts to acquire 210 properties for the center.
"They are expanding their footprint with a community focus," Rawlings-Blake said of Coppin State. "They will help prepare a new generation of thinkers to achieve great things in Baltimore."
The second deal receiving an unanimous vote by the five-member Board of Estimates was the approval of $300,000 in funds for the promotional organization Live Baltimore, which will use the money for marketing in an effort to persuade residents to move to the city, the mayor said.
The third deal was an agreement between the city and Walter's Art Museum that permits the organization to post prints of classic works of art in city parks as part of its "Off The Wall" program.
The mayor said she was "obsessed with" the museum's initiative, which brings reproduced classic paintings to Baltimore's main streets and outdoor spaces.
Classic works of art will be displayed in the Cylburn Arboretum, Federal Hill Park, McKeldin Square, O'Donnell Square, Wyman Park and Patterson Park. One piece is already posted in front of City Hall.
"I think it's fascinating to have incredible works of art throughout the city," Rawlings-Blake said.
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