NDC Project #2115
NDC volunteers Scott Huot, Robyn Edwards, Wendy Legerton, and Michelle Geiss created conceptual plans for a durable and attractive community sign in partnership with the Glen Neighborhood Improvement Association and CHAI. The new brick and metal sign replaces a weathered one located at the corner of Northern Parkway and Park Heights Avenue. It marks the gateway to the Glen Neighborhood, which is poised to attract new homeowners at a time when the Social Security Administration is opening a new office nearby with 1200-1400 employees. The team contributed 97 service hours to the conceptual design through NDC’s Community Design Works program, representing an in-kind donation of approximately $9,402.85, excluding NDC staff time.
After the conclusion of conceptual design in 2014, NDC program manager Laura Wheaton remained involved to facilitate a pilot implementation partnership with the Maryland Department of Public Safety. Utilizing grant funding from Healthy Neighborhoods, CHAI and GNIA hired inmate masons to construct the sign in late 2015 using bricks reclaimed through a separate DPS program. This partnership offered real-world experience for the inmate masons (who were nearing release), and allowed the community to build a more permanent sign.