Community Feedback on the Casino Opening

The Casino Grand Opening is August 26, there is an Orioles game that evening, and during the two weeks thereafter there will be a Navy/Ohio State football game, a Ravens game, Orioles games and the Star Spangled Spectacular.  Adding to the craziness is that the Casino is expecting 10,000 guests on opening night and has parking for only 2,500 guests.
 
The City has a traffic management plan in place but would like to hear of any grievances, large or small, from neighborhood associations during the two week period starting August 26. These grievances will be reported by the neighborhood associations to the Baltimore Casino Local Development Council (LDC) at their September 10th meeting.
 
So please send any grievances you have to eHillsider@gmail.com by September 9. Please include date, time and location of the occurrence (emails without this information will not be reported back to the city). Include a picture if it is relevant. You should continue to contact 911 or 311 as usual for grievances that warrant such a contact so that the City has an official record of those grievances.
 
Potential topics of grievances are: Abnormally heavy car traffic, truck, and bus traffic || Illegal parking || Abnormally heavy pedestrian traffic, especially on the routes between the Cross Street bar area and the Casino || Street litter and overflowing trash containers || Vandalism || Loud people on streets || Anything else.
 
Once again, you should continue to contact 911 or 311 as usual for grievances that warrant such a contact but do also send that information to eHillsider@gmail.com so we may include it on our comprehensive list. Lastly, please keep an eye on our Website for traffic related advisories.

Department of Transportation Provides Traffic Information for the Grand Opening of the Casino

BALTIMORE, MD (August 19, 2014) – Today, Baltimore City Department of TransportationDirector was joined by the representatives from the Fire Department, Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and the new Horseshoe Casino to provide pertinent information for the grand opening of the facility. With opening day quickly approaching, patrons should plan ahead and tune into local stations for updated traffic reports.

“The Department of Transportation has been coordinating with numerous agencies to prepare for the Casino’s opening day,” said Director Johnson. “With several events happening simultaneously in the downtown area, traffic volumes will be heavy and citizens are encouraged to plan ahead, use alternate parking locations or utilize public transportation.”

Large crowds are expected to attend the grand opening festivities of the Casino when it opens its doors to the public on Tuesday, August 26th. In addition, baseball fans will be attending the first place Oriole’s home game. It is important that patrons attending events in the area plan wisely, know the route to their destinations and pay attention to posted parking restrictions.

Motorists are strongly advised to avoid parking in neighborhoods in the vicinity of the stadiums. All posted parking restrictions will be strictly enforced and vehicles parked in violation may be ticketed and towed.

Please note that parking will be limited in the casino garage and it is expected to reach full capacity very early. Patrons attending the event are encouraged to use public transportation such as the Light Rail and MTA bus lines #27 and #51, or park in downtown garages.

Those who choose to drive to the casino should park in downtown garages located north and east of the casino. A temporary Charm City Circulator shuttle will run along Pratt and Lombard Streets to transport patrons to the casino during the first week of operations. Signs will be posted along the temporary route and additional information can be found at www.CharmCityCirculator.com.

During the first three weeks of the casino opening, there will be other large events downtown that will generate considerable traffic volumes and demand for parking, notably in the stadium lots. Planning a casino visit when stadium events are not scheduled will minimize delays. Traffic Enforcement Officers along with Baltimore City Police will be facilitating the movement of traffic in the area.

For updated information, citizens can visit www.baltimorecity.gov or follow the Baltimore City Department of Transportation on Facebook and Twitter at @bmoreCityDOT.

Public Safety Updates

Regarding news coverage of a stabbing in FH over the weekend, according to Captain Hance from the SD: “According to Capt. Brian Hance of the BPD’s Southern District, a white male was stabbed at approx. 4:25am on Sunday, August 17th in the 100 Blk of E. Ostend. Just prior to the stabbing the victim was on the porch area of a property in the 1200blk of Wall St. The residents asked this individual to leave, he complied, and he was seen staggering around the block. Not long after the individual left the porch he was approached by 4 individuals on mopeds. An altercation occurred between the victim and the persons on the mopeds and it was during this altercation that the man was stabbed. Police are increasing patrols in the area as a result and will share more information with the community as it becomes available.” — It is important to note that there was one and only one incident. Any other rumors of another incident at this time are unfounded.
 
Regarding the stabbing, from Delegate Luke Clippinger: “I have received several e-mails and contacts from neighbors concerned about the stabbing that occurred in Federal Hill early on Sunday morning. I have been in contact with the Police Department and they are in the midst of their investigation of that assault. For those people who have questions I would strongly encourage you to attend the next monthly meeting of the Southern District’s Police-Community Relations Council THIS THURSDAY, AUGUST 21 at 7 p.m.. The meeting is held at the Southern District Police Headquarters at 10 Cherry Hill Road. Officers will address that investigation during the meeting, along with other issues related to public safety in the Southern District.”
 
FHNA is also encouraging neighbors to attend this meeting, as we do every month. It is a great opportunity to learn more about what crime is occurring, and what the BPD Southern District is doing to combat it.
 
Regarding the stabbing and the opening of the casino: Presidents and Public Safety chairs from each of the neighborhood associations (FHNA, SBNA, FHSNA, and RNA) have a meeting scheduled with Southern District Police leadership this week to discuss concerns related to: 1) the recent stabbing; 2) requests for increased patrols during the next few weeks as the Casino opens; and 3) further improving communication protocols between BPD SD and the neighborhoods. We will keep neighbors updated.

Department of Transportation Provides Traffic Information for the Grand Opening of the Casino

BALTIMORE, MD (August 19, 2014) – Today, Baltimore City Department of Transportation Director was joined by the representatives from the Fire Department, Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and the new Horseshoe Casino to provide pertinent information for the grand opening of the facility. With opening day quickly approaching, patrons should plan ahead and tune into local stations for updated traffic reports.

“The Department of Transportation has been coordinating with numerous agencies to prepare for the Casino’s opening day,” said Director Johnson. “With several events happening simultaneously in the downtown area, traffic volumes will be heavy and citizens are encouraged to plan ahead, use alternate parking locations or utilize public transportation.”

Large crowds are expected to attend the grand opening festivities of the Casino when it opens its doors to the public on Tuesday, August 26th. In addition, baseball fans will be attending the first place Oriole’s home game. It is important that patrons attending events in the area plan wisely, know the route to their destinations and pay attention to posted parking restrictions.

Motorists are strongly advised to avoid parking in neighborhoods in the vicinity of the stadiums. All posted parking restrictions will be strictly enforced and vehicles parked in violation may be ticketed and towed.

Please note that parking will be limited in the casino garage and it is expected to reach full capacity very early. Patrons attending the event are encouraged to use public transportation such as the Light Rail and MTA bus lines #27 and #51, or park in downtown garages.

Those who choose to drive to the casino should park in downtown garages located north and east of the casino. A temporary Charm City Circulator shuttle will run along Pratt and Lombard Streets to transport patrons to the casino during the first week of operations. Signs will be posted along the temporary route and additional information can be found at www.CharmCityCirculator.com.

During the first three weeks of the casino opening, there will be other large events downtown that will generate considerable traffic volumes and demand for parking, notably in the stadium lots. Planning a casino visit when stadium events are not scheduled will minimize delays. Traffic Enforcement Officers along with Baltimore City Police will be facilitating the movement of traffic in the area.

For updated information, citizens can visit www.baltimorecity.gov or follow the Baltimore City Department of Transportation on Facebook and Twitter at @bmoreCityDOT.

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