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Developers plan to break ground Tuesday on the Hoen Lithograph Building.
Developers plan to break ground Tuesday on the Hoen Lithograph Building. (Amy Davis)

Developers plan to break ground Tuesday on a significant renovation of the Hoen Lithograph Building to transform the empty warehouse into the Center for Neighborhood Innovation and spark growth in the East Baltimore area.

The former printing plant on East Biddle Street will include offices for nonprofits, social enterprises, retail, events, an adult literacy center, and a workforce incubator offering job construction job training and employment opportunities.

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Transformation of the long abandoned A. Hoen and Sons lithography plant, at Biddle and Chester streets, has been an elusive goal, but now a number of players have come together to tackle and tame this daunting historic industrial complex.

City officials expect the project to join other revitalization efforts and benefit the Middle East, Collington Square and Broadway East neighborhoods. Mayor Catherine Pugh and other city, neighborhood and development officials plan to attend a ceremony for the property Tuesday afternoon.

The estimated $26 million project is being undertaken by Cross Street Partners, Strong City Baltimore and City Life Historic Properties. It will be paid for with a mix of private and public funding, from the city and state. The city also sold the property in December to developers for $200,000.

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