The executive committee of the board overseeing Baltimore's multimillion-dollar federal revitalization effort yesterday approved its third "village center," this one covering the West Baltimore communities of Sandtown-Winchester, Mondawmin and Penn-North.
Last month, the board approved the creation of village centers for the East Baltimore neighborhoods around the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and Washington Village in Southwest.
The village centers are conceived of as a key link between residents of the city's $100 million empowerment zone and the quasi-public corporation overseeing the grant.
Additional centers are anticipated for Harlem Park and Poppleton in West Baltimore and the Inner Harbor East area on the east side.
Each village center will get $100,000 a year for five years to pay for overhead and staff to develop neighborhood plans, mobilize residents for anti-crime efforts and maintain computerized listings of jobs and training opportunities.
Rachel Edds, chief of staff for the Empower Baltimore Management Corp., said the three centers could be receiving funds "within a month."
Under a funding agreement approved yesterday, money spent by the village centers must be accounted for on a monthly basis, and any goods and services must be bought through "open and fair competition."