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The Center for Neighborhood Innovation –
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Transforming this historic complex in East Baltimore into a space for innovation and opportunity.

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The Vision

Baltimore-based real estate companies Cross Street Partners and City Life Historic Properties partnered with Strong City Baltimore to undertake the 85,000 square foot historic preservation of the Hoen Lithograph building. This architectural treasure, which sat vacant for 35 years, has been repurposed as a vibrant mixed-use complex that provides job opportunities, job training, and neighborhood amenities called the Center for Neighborhood Innovation.


Now complete, The Center for Neighborhood Innovation (CNI), a new model for neighborhood transformation, is an interdisciplinary group of social entrepreneurs, non-profits, service providers, researchers, and community members committed to solving the issues facing our most distressed under-resourced neighborhoods and provide with the space and support they need to affect positive community change. Unlike traditional project-based initiatives that focus on a single issue, place-based efforts such as CNI address the multiple issues presented by a single geographic area. The interdisciplinary group helps students and residents move step-by-step along the continuum from schooling to job training to career building.


The Hoen Lithograph renovation is expected to catalyze revitalization activity in the surrounding neighborhood, including the creation of affordable housing, streetscape improvements, installation of public art, and community programming.

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Strong City Baltimore

Associated Builders & Contractors of Greater Baltimore /
Construction Education Academy

City Life Community Builders

Cross Street Partners

Morgan CARES Community Center / Center for Urban Health Disparities Research and Innovation at Morgan State University

Morgan State University School of Architecture & Planning

The Outlook Company




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The Community

Hoen is the first step of a broader neighborhood revitalization effort to restore food access, housing, transportation, and employment opportunities to East Baltimore.


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The Building

The building, now open, sat vacant since 1981 but retained many features of its 19th century design. Historic masonry, large warehouse style windows, industrial barn doors, and original lithograph blocks are some of the details that remained and are now repurposed in the renovated building.


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The History

Hoen & Co was one of the most prolific lithograph printing companies in the world, occupying the building from 1902 to 1981. The rich history of printmaking and the industrial character of the building will drive the design.

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Hoen Lithograph Building
2101 East Biddle Street  |   Baltimore, MD


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