The Memorial Apartments Corporation (MAC) was incorporated in 1964 to construct and operate Memorial Apartments, a HUD 202 providing housing to low-income seniors in Bolton Hill in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2012, MAC partnered with Somerset Development Company, LLC (Somerset) to redevelop Memorial Apartments after years of deferred maintenance and deteriorating conditions in the building. MAC and Somerset assembled financing using 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits and a new FHA 221(d)4 Mortgage along with 10 other sources of financing to complete the $26M renovation of the building. Memorial Apartments, renamed Linden Park Apartments, is now a state of the art independent senior living building offering a substantial set of amenities including a fitness center, solarium, game room, an outdoor patio and community gardens as well a robust program of resident services. MAC continues to be a partner of Somerset at Linden Park and uses its share of the property’s annual cash flow to fund the property’s resident services program.
With the success of Linden Park, MAC and Somerset partnered on the second phase of the redevelopment of the original Memorial Apartments site to build The Jordan Apartments on an underutilized parking lot at the corner of Eutaw Place and McMechen Street. The site was subdivided in order to realize the vision for a mixed income neighborhood, which had been articulated by the MAC Board and the HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant for Central West Baltimore. The Jordan Apartments, a 62-unit market rate building features a restaurant on the ground floor called The Tilted Row, serving high quality fare and bringing neighbors from the surrounding communities together. The Tilted Row and the Jordan add much-needed vibrancy to this intersection at Eutaw Place and McMechen, which has long been a marker of the divide between communities.
MAC’s latest endeavor is the redevelopment of the Baltimore Unity Hall, which it acquired in January 2019 with a loan from Somerset. The building located at 1505 Eutaw Place, next to The Jordan, was originally the home of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union and most recently owned by the Empowerment Temple. The vision for the Unity Hall is to create a center for Community Arts, Education and Job Training which will serve as a resource to the Central West Baltimore community. MAC and their development partner Somerset have formed a Unity Hall Advisory Board consisting of MAC Board Members and community leaders to guide the development process for the Baltimore Unity Hall. With a commercial kitchen and a theater, the Unity Hall will serve as a gathering place for neighbors from the surrounding communities to come together through music, art exhibits, and job training opportunities, such as culinary arts, social service referrals, mentoring programs, and provide a venue for community dialogue between police and community members.
Founded in 1964 to develop affordable housing for low-income seniors, MAC has expanded its mission to help create anchors of stability and opportunity within our community. MAC is dedicated to enriching the lives of the residents of Linden Park and Central West Baltimore by supporting development which will promote learning, healthy living, meaningful social interaction, life planning, and neighborhood union.
Ashiah Parker, President
Rev. Grey Maggiano, Vice President
Barbara Cates, Secretary
Doug Kelso, Treasurer
Rev. Susan Woodson