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Court sides with Annapolis HPC over mural

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: District Court judge ruled Wednesday that mayoral candidate Gavin Buckley and his business partners should have sought a certificate of approval before commissioning a giant mural on the side of their Annapolis restaurant. Judge John P. McKenna Jr.'s decision means Buckley must seek an after-the-fact certificate of approval if he [...]

By | May 12th, 2017|Annapolis, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Court sides with Annapolis HPC over mural

Scott Winnette steps down after decade on Frederick City HPC

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: The central figure on the city’s Historic Preservation Commission — literally, he sits in the middle of the dais — has left his post. Scott Winnette, commission chairman, announced he was stepping down during the city’s 2017 Historic Presentation Awards on Thursday. His resignation ends a decade of service on the [...]

By | May 7th, 2017|Community Outreach & Education, Frederick City|Comments Off on Scott Winnette steps down after decade on Frederick City HPC

Berlin HDC approves new look for Main Street building

Excerpt from the Dispatch: Members of the town’s historic district commission praised façade plans for a Main Street building this week. The commission approved Councilman Troy Purnell’s plans to improve the façade of his building at 116 N. Main St. on Wednesday. Several members expressed excitement upon learning that the modern building would be getting [...]

By | May 5th, 2017|Berlin, Design Review & Guidelines, New Construction|Comments Off on Berlin HDC approves new look for Main Street building

City of Frederick considers adding architectural inspector position

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Owners of historic properties in Frederick may soon have someone to help guide them through the renovation process, if the city adds a position requested by its staff. Adding an architectural inspector to the city’s Engineering Department would help improve the application and review process in Frederick’s historic preservation overlay [...]

By | May 5th, 2017|Community Outreach & Education, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick considers adding architectural inspector position

City of Frederick HPC denies post-work approval of painted brick

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Members of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission shot down a request Thursday to allow painted brick to stay on the side of the old Asiana building in downtown Frederick despite the property owner’s best effort to convince them of its beauty. Property owner Duk Hee Ro attended Thursday’s Historic Preservation [...]

By | April 27th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC denies post-work approval of painted brick

City of Frederick Historic Preservation Guidelines to be updated – public input requested

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: The Frederick Historic Preservation Commission is clarifying design guidelines for properties in the city’s historic district, and members want residents to remain as informed as possible during the process. “We have pushed and we will continue to push to have something much clearer, so when people move into the historic [...]

By | April 19th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Community Outreach & Education, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick Historic Preservation Guidelines to be updated – public input requested

Berlin HPC supports oyster shell concrete in historic district

Excerpt from the Dispatch: A truck ban proposed for Baker Street has been delayed as officials work to adjust existing language in the town code. When staff presented town officials with a resolution that would prohibit truck traffic on Baker Street Monday, Councilman Thom Gulyas expressed concerns with the code’s current definition of truck. As [...]

By | April 14th, 2017|Berlin, New Construction|Comments Off on Berlin HPC supports oyster shell concrete in historic district

City of Frederick HPC approves dinosaur mural

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: A mural of the Maryland state dinosaur will soon have a place in downtown Frederick. The city’s Historic Preservation Commission on Thursday gave Frederick artist Goodloe Byron the go-ahead to begin painting a colorful, cartoonish Astrodon johnstoni dinosaur on the west side of the city’s Church Street parking garage as part [...]

By | April 14th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC approves dinosaur mural

Court sides with Annapolis HPC over vinyl windows

Excerpt from Capital Gazette: The Maryland Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that the owner of a historic building in Annapolis should have sought city approval before replacing wood windows with vinyl ones. The March 27 opinion is the latest decision in a dispute between the City of Annapolis and Spaw LLC, [...]

By | April 13th, 2017|Annapolis, Legal Issues, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Court sides with Annapolis HPC over vinyl windows

Prince George’s County HPC approves plan to move cemetery

Excerpt from the Washington Post: Yards from the sleek entrance of the icy-blue MGM National Harbor casino, an eerie sight greets those lining up for table games and Cher concerts: a cluster of lonely graves atop a hill. The graves, surrounded by a parking lot and two lines of chain-link fence, don’t look much like [...]

By | April 6th, 2017|Legal Issues, Prince George's County|Comments Off on Prince George’s County HPC approves plan to move cemetery

Kent County HDC Chair praises commission’s mission and procedures

Excerpt from MyEasternShoreMD: To the editor: A March 16 Kent County News article quoted Jay Yerkes saying, "It'€™s okay for the Historic District Commission (HDC) to be difficult and challenging. It's not OK to be rude." As chairperson of the commission, I apologize to anyone who feels that we have treated them rudely. We are a [...]

By | March 22nd, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Community Outreach & Education, Kent County|Comments Off on Kent County HDC Chair praises commission’s mission and procedures

City of Frederick seeking HPC members

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: The city of Frederick put out a call recently for people to fill vacancies on various boards and commissions. The available positions are on the Historic Preservation Commission, the Electrical Board, the Plumbing Board and a Neighborhood Advisory Council. According to the Historic Preservation Commission website, the term of one member, [...]

By | March 20th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Frederick City, Good News|Comments Off on City of Frederick seeking HPC members

Berlin HDC approves plans for a new town hall sign

Excerpt from the Dispatch: Local officials approved plans for a permanent sign to replace the longstanding banner at Berlin Town Hall. The Berlin Historic District Commission (HDC) approved plans for a new sign to replace the “America’s Coolest Small Town” banner that has adorned town hall for the past few years. “Thank you to the [...]

By | March 7th, 2017|Berlin, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on Berlin HDC approves plans for a new town hall sign

Cambridge HPC accepting nominations for 2nd annual awards

Cambridge's Historic Preservation Commission is now accepting nominations for its second annual awards. If you know of someone worthy of nomination, fill in the nomination form by March 31st. Nominations will be tallied and the ceremony will be held in May. Information about the awards is available on the City of Cambridge website.

By | March 7th, 2017|Cambridge, Community Outreach & Education, Good News|Comments Off on Cambridge HPC accepting nominations for 2nd annual awards

City of Frederick HPC follows through on desire for open dialogue with city officials

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: A meeting of the minds regarding the city’s historic preservation efforts is getting closer to actually happening. The city’s Historic Preservation Commission sent a letter Feb. 9 to Mayor Randy McClement and the board of aldermen requesting a formal meeting to discuss the role and expectations for the HPC and [...]

By | February 25th, 2017|Community Outreach & Education, Frederick City, Good News|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC follows through on desire for open dialogue with city officials

Chestertown seeks HDC member

Excerpt from MyEasternShoreMD: The Town of Chestertown is seeking a qualified volunteer to serve as one of seven commissioners on the Chestertown Historic District Commission. The HDC reviews building permits for exterior renovations and new construction in the Chestertown Historic District. Its mission is to protect the cultural, social, economic, political, archaeological and architectural history [...]

By | February 20th, 2017|Chestertown|Comments Off on Chestertown seeks HDC member

Frederick HPC signs off on rehab of townhouse on W. Fourth St

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Members of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission officially signed off Thursday on plans to rehabilitate the dilapidated downtown Frederick townhouse at 20 W. Fourth St. Susan Murphy, a representative of prospective property owner Murphy Properties, presented plans to rehab the building for the second time at Thursday’s public hearing. She [...]

By | February 16th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Frederick HPC signs off on rehab of townhouse on W. Fourth St

Frederick HPC, utility company, and property owner find workable solution for meter placement

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: A West Third Street property owner and the city’s Historic Preservation Commission struck a compromise Thursday regarding placement of a gas meter on the front of the building. James Callear, owner of the brick town house at 133 W. Third St. in the Frederick Town Historic District, is now allowed [...]

By | February 16th, 2017|Frederick City, New Construction|Comments Off on Frederick HPC, utility company, and property owner find workable solution for meter placement

City of Frederick HPC seeks to improve communication with Mayor and Aldermen

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: A member of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission used his public comment period Thursday to formally request a meeting with the mayor, Board of Aldermen and city staff members. Commissioner Stephen Parnes called a lack of open dialogue between the commissioners and city officials crazy and intolerable. He said that [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|Community Outreach & Education, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC seeks to improve communication with Mayor and Aldermen