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Grand Opening of The Forge, DRC’s New Small Business Incubator

When Dundalk Renaissance Corporation (DRC) decided to renovate 11 Center Place as headquarters for its efforts to revitalize Baltimore’s Historic Dundalk Town Center, they turned to KGRW for architectural services. The project entailed structural repairs, design of upstairs offices for the organization, and creation of a street-level business incubator called The Forge, with a retail storefront, co-working space, kitchen, conference rooms, and shared-services areas.

DRC was very pleased with the results. Says DRC Executive Director Amy Menzer, “KGRW helped us figure out how to maximize our wow factor and versatility of layout with a very limited budget for our small nonprofit organization launching a business incubator.”

According to KGRW principal Kevin Glover, this was a particularly satisfying project. “DRC’s mission is so important. We love projects that invite us to lend support to citizen groups working to strengthen their local communities.”

Pictured (l-r) at the October 15, 2018 ribbon cutting, DRC Board members Pat Carroll, Patricia Quintero-Hall and Abbi Ludwig; Odette Ramos, Executive Director of the Community Development Network of Maryland; Carol Gilbert, Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development; DRC Board Members Paul Rosenberger and Shirley Gregory; Maryland State Senator Johnny Ray Salling; Outgoing DRC President, William Feuer; DRC Executive Director Amy Menzer; Incoming DRC Board President Alex Montanio; Baltimore County Councilman Todd Crandell; and  Maryland State Delegates Ric Metzgar and Bob Long.