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Nonprofit aims to breathe new life into vacant East Baltimore warehouse

Nonprofit aims to breathe new life into vacant East Baltimore warehouse

Trees grow through the masonry walls, and sunlight — and rain — pour through holes in the roof at a sprawling East Baltimore warehouse, where printers once produced maps for National Geographic.

But when Karen D. Stokes looks at the old A. Hoen & Co. complex, she sees a courtyard with exposed steel beams and white lights that will host community events, job training, entrepreneurs and college courses — and serve as a catalyst for growth in a struggling neighborhood.

The $26 million rehabilitation project, led by the nonprofit that Stokes runs, Strong City Baltimore, and developers Cross Street Partners and City Life Historic Properties, is expected to get underway in the...

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