Baltimore's spending panel on Wednesday approved the sale of four city-owned vacant rowhouses to be converted into a new headquarters for the 300 Men March anti-violence group.
Four properties in the 1200 block of N. Collington Ave. in Baltimore's Broadway East neighborhood were sold to Keys Development Inc. for $4,000.
Munir Bahar, co-founder of the 300 Men March, said the group plans to begin construction there soon in order to open the new facility in April 2016. He said his organization will need to raise more than $200,000 for the project.
The location will also be the new home of COR Health Institute, a physical fitness center founded by Bahar, that is moving from its current location in Pigtown.
The city is soliciting bids for new tenants in the group's current location at 906 Washington Boulevard, the site of a former public bath house.
"We're pleased to help facilitate their move to a new location," said Howard Libit, a spokesman for the mayor. "Munir and the 300 Men are doing a lot of good for the community. They are valuable partners."
Bahar said he plans to have physical fitness and educational programs at the location in addition to 300 Men March activities.
"We're going to affect hundreds, if not thousands, of families," he said. "It's an area with a high volume of crime and drug activity. So this is where we need to be."
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