The Mary Harvin Senior Center includes 61 affordable apartments for seniors and a community center for job training, counseling, and a social services space in partnership with the Southern Baptist Church’s local sponsored programs.
This four-story wood frame building offers one-bedroom and one-bath units with on-site parking. The units were designed to meet federal fair housing standards with 10% designed to meet UFAS standards for the mobility impaired and 2% designed for the visual and hearing impaired.
The Mary Harvin Center was approximately 45% complete when it was destroyed by fire during the April 2015 riots. Within hours of the fire, the development team vowed to reconstruct the project. Harkins was instrumental in resolving insurance and engineering issues so that the site could be completely cleared and made ready for construction within eight weeks. After restarting construction, the Mary Harvin Center was completed 69 days ahead of the scheduled completion date, only six weeks later than the original December 6th completion date.
The center was named for one of the founding members of the Southern Baptist Church and is considered the catalyst for the development of the Baltimore East neighborhood.