Extending a lifeline

Our Baltimore colleagues have made a substantial impact on survivors of abuse, providing the legal expertise necessary to allow The Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC) to renovate and expand its facilities.

We assisted SARC in the negotiation of a construction contract and related agreements for the renovation and expansion of its shelter and communal living environment for survivors of abuse and their children. The project includes renovating more than 3,300 sq. ft. of an existing shelter and a 7,200-sq.-ft. two-story addition.

After signing the construction contract, the Baltimore team continued its representation of SARC and negotiated and closed a $1.5 million grant for the project from the State of Maryland. The grant is structured as a forgivable loan and mortgage, so the transaction took on the flavor of closing a financing.

The expansion will provide a material increase in SARC’s capacity to serve survivors of abuse and their children. The renovated and expanded space will provide increased privacy, substantially improved facilities, improved handicap accessibility, exercise rooms, children’s play areas, and more. The project focuses on improving and promoting wellbeing and healing.

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