Ground Broken for New Pratt Library Branch, Mixed-Income Apartments in Johnston Square

A new Enoch Pratt Free Library branch, mixed-income apartments, a park and playing field will transform 42 vacant lots in East Baltimore’s Johnston Square community.

Officials broke ground Wednesday on the project at 1115 Forrest Street, along the Greenmount Avenue corridor.

“This is more than just a groundbreaking; it is a testament to the power of community-driven development,” said Sean Closkey, president of ReBUILD Metro, in a statement. “In most cases, great buildings like this are created without addressing the surrounding area, but this building is a cornerstone of a larger community reinvestment that is restoring over 300 vacant and at-risk properties into new homes and community assets. Residents will benefit whether they live in this building or across the street from it.”