Westfield, in Northeast Baltimore City, has a suburban heritage visible in its large backyards, old farm buildings and friendly neighbors. We're a walkable neighborhood with tree-lined streets, a thriving Harford Road commercial district, affordable homes, good schools, and an overall laid-back charm.
Join WNIA Today!
WNIA is having a membership drive. We're calling all Westfield residents to join or renew their membership today. Get to know your neighbors, take part in community events, get involved, share issues that are important to you, and help make your neighborhood a wonderful place to live! While supplies last, first time members will receive a free Westfield bumper sticker (view pic). A household WNIA membership is just $10 per year. Pay online today!
Community Impact Letters
JJ Royston LLC has filed paperwork with the Planning Commission to develop five houses at the end of Royston Ave. The development would clear-cut a one-acre forest patch, and build houses on the historically important 1773 Christopher Cemetery, without surveying to identify existing graves! Most grave markers are gone, but archaeologists estimate that between 50-90 burials could be desecrated if the development moves forward without oversight. Some residents also express concern that the construction will disrupt the underground stream running beneath the property, possibly leading to water damage. WNIA is collecting Community Impact Letters to submit to the Planning Commission. Below is a template you can build from to voice your concerns. Please submit your letter to and cc WNIA's letter archive at firstname.lastname@example.org . The Commission will continue to accept letters up until the hearing, which will likely take place after the holidays.
Royston Gardens Sample Community Impact Letter
The Case Against the Royston Gardens Development
WNIA's Letter of Opposition
TreeBaltimore Giveaway at HEMS
In October 2019 the Westfield Neighborhood Improvement Assoc. held its second TreeBaltimore tree giveaway - this time at Hamilton Elementary / Middle School. It was such a wonderful event, WNIA and HEMS are planning a Garden Day tree giveaway and plant swap for the community in the Spring of 2020.
Are Treatment Centers Well Regulated?
As Baltimore City moves towards decriminalizing nonviolent drug offenses, substance abuse treatment centers will play an important role in the transition. However, there's a problem - there is a lot of money in the treatment industry, but still very little oversight. Treatment centers need to funtion in allignment with community needs - not as an unscrupulous and unregulated for-profit industry. Hearing that CMDS Residential LLC wishes to open a large, for-profit residential treatment center in Westfield, less than 500 feet from Hamilton school, makes us want to learn more. To start, we recommend watching this film, The Business of Recovery:
CMDS Residential LLC
CMDS Residential LLC is scheduled to open a substance abuse treatment clinic at 6040 Harford Road, in the old Hamilton Nursing Center Building. Clinical Management and Development Services runs a substance abuse treatment center in Columbia, MD, as well as Turning Point Clinic on North Avenue. The clinic plans to house 100+ inpatient beds, with some discussion of possible outpatient program. Residents have been expressed serious concern about the facility's proximity to Hamilton Elementary / Middle School. On February 15, 2020, the Westfield Neighborhood Improvement Association and Hamilton Hills Neighborhood Association hosted a community forum at the Church of the Messiah to meet with CMDS director, Bilal Ali, and our elected officials.
We have an audio recording of the three-hour event:
Work Continues on the Westfield Native Pollinator Garden
With the support of a Maryland Environmental Trust Clean Up & Green Up Grant and assistance from UME Baltimore City Master Gardeners, On October 6, 2018 WNIA established a native pollinator garden at 6009 Harford Road. Marzullo Funeral Chapel dedicated stewardship of its raised beds along Harford Road for the creation of a
Westfield Community Garden. Neighbors pull out their green thumbs to prep the site and plant native flowers. WNIA has established a Garden Steward program, giving interested residents the opportunity to share in caring for the new pollinator garden. Contact WNIA (email@example.com) if you're interested in taking part. Westfield's Greening Crew looks forward to adding a third native pollinator bed to the garden this Spring!