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.
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.
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.
Some say manufacturing – especially in urban areas – has left the United States. The Union Collective in the heart of Baltimore City says otherwise.
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.
Investing in our communities takes a lot of forms - and we’ll leave no stone unturned.
When commercial zoning for corner retail spaces in Remington lapsed, we worked with the neighborhood to help bring them back to life.
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.
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
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.
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.
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