Seawall Impact 2023

These are our wins, lessons, and motivators.

Seawall exists to use the built environment to empower communities, unite our cities, and help launch powerful ideas that create important movements.

These stats and stories propel us year after year to truly make an impact with the work we do.


Thriving small businesses are transformative for communities.

We are honored to work with so many.

Total number of local small businesses in Seawall spaces
BIPOC-owned businesses
Women-owned businesses
R. House

About 60% of restaurants fail in their first year, and the start-up costs can exceed $200,000. In 2016, with a group of Baltimore chefs, we set out to lower the barriers to starting a restaurant and envisioned R. House, a gathering place for all of Baltimore.

R. House vendors since 2016
Women-owned stalls
BIPOC-owned stalls
Up and coming food businesses who’ve done stints in the R. House Pop-Up stall
In total sales from Pop-Up businesses at R. House
In total sales of from permanent vendors at R. House since 2016
Creole Soul Restaurant
Owner Shunquita Neal
After multiple successful stints in the R. House Pop-Up stall, Chef Que opened her first brick and mortar location serving up creole comfort food in 2019.
Amano Taco
Owner Alex Janian
Amano Taco brings authentic taco recipes from Morelos to R. House. Amano tops tacos and bowls with slow-roasted meats, roasted chiles, and fresh salsas.
Chef/Owner Heather Chung
An original R. House vendor going strong since 2016, Be.Bim has another location in the city and brings Korean bowls, soups, and other favorites to R. House.
Tio G's Chimi & Empanadas
Chef/Owner Gerdyn Mojica
A labor of love for chef/owner Gerdyn Mojica that began in his home kitchen, Tio G’s also has a location in Lexington Market and specializes in Dominican style empanadas and Latin burgers.
Owner Alex Janian
Multi-stall owner Alex Janian has been a fixture in R. House since it opened in 2016, and his BRD concept has now expanded to another location in Federal Hill.
Taharka Brothers
Employee Owned
A Baltimore favorite that in 2021 transitioned to being an employee-owned company, Taharka Brothers hand-makes their ice creams for locations across the city.
Koshary Corner
Owner Iman Moussa
New to R. House in 2023, Koshary Corner focuses on plant-based Egyptian street food and is owned by Egyptian immigrant Iman Moussa.
Owner Art Sutreechai
An R. House favorite since the beginning, Hilo slings sushi rolls and delicious poké bowls to their devoted following.
Molina Pizza
Chef/Owners Andrew Fechko, Jason Zabec, Val Seifert
Molina opened during R. House’s first year in operation, dishing up neopolitan style pizzas from their brick oven.
Lexington Market

When change came for Lexington Market, the country’s longest continually operating public market, we wanted to make sure it included everyone in Baltimore in its next chapter.

Merchants recruited and supported to join the new Lexington Market
BIPOC-owned businesses in the new market
Women-owned businesses in the new market
Merchant applications submitted from across the region
In new public art by Baltimore-based artists
In non-collateralized loans provided, largely to minority and women-owned businesses
Square feet of urban green space added back into Baltimore City’s downtown
Union Collective

Some say manufacturing – especially in urban areas – has left the United States. The Union Collective in the heart of Baltimore City says otherwise.

Square feet of local manufacturing space in the heart of Baltimore City (transforming a formerly vacant Sears warehouse)
Local makers and companies
Union Craft Brewing
Employee Owned
The folks that started it all, UCB has a 60,000-square-foot taproom and production space at the Collective - plus epic outdoor space.
Vent Coffee Roasters
Owner Sarah Walker
Sarah spent more than 15 years roasting and barista-ing at spots across the city, always on the lookout for her own space one day. She found it at the Collective and has been a core member since the beginning.
Hyde Handmade
Owner Henry Hyde
A unique craftsman who recently joined the Collective, Henry Hyde makes one-of-a-kind knives and other metal goods.
The Charmery
Co-Owners David and Laura Alima
An original member of the Collective, The Charmery is a beloved local ice cream brand and now produces all of their ice cream out of their Willy Wonka-esque space there.
Baltimore Spirits Company
Co-Owners Ian Newton, Max Lents, and Eli Breitburg-Smith
Artists more than distillers, Baltimore Spirits Company grew organically, joining the Collective at its start, producing interesting and delicious spirits and running an in-house cocktail bar.
An expansive 10,000-square-foot bouldering gym, fitness studio, and hangout space, Movement brings a unique amenity to the Collective complex.
Carroll & Son Fine Foods
Owner Jon Carroll
A “restaurant about nothing” (except delicious smash burgers, drool-worthy sandwiches, and creative snacks), Carroll & Son operates out of the Union Craft taproom.

Our work began with the realization that
teachers, nonprofits, and their collaborators
fuel a lot of the good in our cities and for our youth.

We realized that investment in them was the
greatest economic decision we could make.

Teachers, Schools, + Nonprofits
Estimated rent saved by teachers through our teacher housing discounts since 2009
Units currently offered at discounted rates for area school teachers
Schools Built - Green Street Academy + Baltimore Design School
Education and health & human services nonprofits served by our collaborative office space since 2009
Total teachers housed in Seawall projects since 2009
Baltimore City Public School students served by teachers living in our teacher housing buildings

Investing in our communities takes a lot of forms - and we’ll leave no stone unturned.

Former corner stores rezoned to allow for new local small businesses in Remington
Nothing helps fully activate a neighborhood like vibrant street level retail spaces.

When commercial zoning for corner retail spaces in Remington lapsed, we worked with the neighborhood to help bring them back to life.

Abandoned Remington rowhomes renovated and sold back at cost to teachers and new Remington residents
Homeownership is a game changer - in terms of individual wealth-building and neighborhood revitalization.

When teachers in Baltimore’s city schools came to us saying they wanted to buy homes in Remington, we got to work making it happen. A maximum of $50,000 of assistance was given for each first-time homeowner through the generous help of many foundations and city programs.

Square feet of LEED certified sustainable space brought online
Sustainable communities need sustainable buildings and green spaces.

LEED certification is one of many ways we hold our projects accountable to greener building standards. LEED certified Seawall projects include:

  • Miller’s Court
  • Green Street Academy
  • Remington Row
  • Baltimore Design School
  • Lexington Market
Developers supported through our Black Developer Support Initiative (BDSI) since 2018
Access + resources make or break real estate projects

And historically, those privileges have been given more freely to white, male developers. We started our Black Developer Support Initiative to help reverse that reality through mentorship, project modeling, and network sharing. Pictured: Alex Aaron and his team from Blank Slate Development, a BDSI participant.

Board positions at local nonprofits filled by Seawall team members
Being an engaged community member often equals time spent + money donated to fuel important work

Over the past 15 years, our team members have worked hand-in-hand with local nonprofits as volunteer board members, and Seawall has donated more than $390,000 to change-making organizations in Baltimore.

Little Big Stats

2 Seawall projects visited by President Barack Obama

Charmington’s (Miller’s Court), Center for Urban Families

130,000 plants sold at B.Willow

15 Seawall babies born during the lifetime of our company

1 million cups of Charmington’s coffee served to our neighbors

Countless pieces of trash picked up during our quarterly Seawall cleanup days in Remington

35 Seawall and R. House team members

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Listening is at the core of what we do.

So take a look, shoot us a note, or better yet, come see us in Baltimore. Let’s keep up the good work.