These events have become a great asset to the community, and help bring people together.

Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street

Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street is a non-profit commercial revitalization organization in Baltimore, Maryland dedicated to connecting residents and local businesses together to build a thriving community. The organization needs to raise $50,000 to build a commercial teaching kitchen open to the public. This kitchen will connect area residents and chefs allowing them access to prepare healthy foods and will host community outdoor events.



A gas station once stood on the street corner of a Northeast Baltimore neighborhood. Now, in its place stands a building dedicated to the development of the community.

The city of Baltimore purchased the lot. After cleaning it up, remediating the soil and making cosmetic changes to the building, it became a resource to bring residents together. The Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street, a non-profit commercial revitalization organization, uses the lot frequently for community events. They transformed the former gas station into a center of vitalization and camaraderie. It has been used for yard sales, block parties, holiday gatherings and more.

“These events have become a great asset to the community, and help bring people together,” said Kristin Hernandez, fundraising chair for HLMS. The organization’s mission is to bring residents and business owners together to create a thriving destination for events, shopping and dining. Their goals, however, stretch far beyond this. They support small local businesses, drive in new families and work with area schools.

Many young families move here desiring to be a part of an up-and-coming area. It has a strong emphasis on green projects and community agriculture. Recognizing this was a value dear to the community, HLMS hosted a unique farmers market which brought positive attention to the neighborhood. The event was a success, and the project soared from there.

After working with vendors for a few years at their weekly farmer's market, the organization decided that installing a commercial kitchen incubator would work well to serve the community’s wants and needs. This practical, innovative project—appropriately named the Main Street Kitchen at The Lot—will give residents and chefs access to prepare food at the market and through other venues. It will be conducive to outdoor events, with covered space for market vendors and plenty of space for children to play.

The state of Maryland awarded HLMS a bond bill for $250,000 to develop and renovate the existing property, contingent on raising $50,000 on their own. All money raised through this online fundraiser will be used to pay for architectural drawings, permits and fees to start the construction of this community kitchen as well as landscaping and exterior building costs once the construction begins. Urban agriculture is crucial in cities like Baltimore where there are food deserts and a lack of access to healthy foods. This community kitchen will go a long way toward eliminating that problem. Donate today!


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  • Tiffany & Dave

    We're so happy to be a part of this wonderful neighborhood! Best wishes on this project!

    -Tiffany & Dave November 11, 2015

  • Darin Ashley Crew

    So excited to have another community asset across the street- go Harford Rd.

    -Darin Ashley Crew November 10, 2015

  • Barbara Hill

    Happy to help! This is a passionate, hardworking group that has the best interest of the neighborhood at heart. <3

    -Barbara Hill November 6, 2015

  • Meredith

    Love this idea and am glad to help support it!

    -Meredith October 29, 2015

  • Anonymous

    Made A gift in honor of Darin Crew! Good luck with the campaign, I love this market!

    -Anonymous October 22, 2015

  • Anonymous

    Made A gift in honor of Darin Crew! Good luck with the campaign, I love this market!

    -Anonymous October 22, 2015

  • Anonymous

    Made A gift in honor of Darin Crew! Good luck with the campaign, I love this market!

    -Anonymous October 22, 2015

  • Anonymous

    Made A gift in honor of Darin Crew! Good luck with the campaign, I love this market!

    -Anonymous October 22, 2015

  • Charlotte Hays Murray

    Good things happening in a great neighborhood!

    -Charlotte Hays Murray October 10, 2015

  • Green Onion Market

    Green Onion challenges all of the Harford Road corridor businesses to give to this great project!

    -Green Onion Market October 8, 2015

  • Shawn

    Good luck!!!

    -Shawn October 7, 2015

  • Steven Gondol

    HLMS is very worthwhile and deserving organization. I'm happy to support their efforts.

    -Steven Gondol October 5, 2015

  • Anonymous

    We can make this happen with a little help from our friends.

    -Anonymous October 5, 2015

  • Litsa Williams

    “Don't wait for other people to be loving, giving, compassionate, grateful, forgiving, generous, or friendly... lead the way” -Steve Maraboli

    -Litsa Williams October 4, 2015

  • Molly and Jordan Tierney

    This will make a huge difference in the neighborhood!

    -Molly and Jordan Tierney October 4, 2015

  • R. M. McCloskey

    Thanks to all who share a vision to strengthen our community through this small development project.

    -R. M. McCloskey October 1, 2015


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