Design Review & Guidelines

Tsunami property owner files for Certificate of Approval after District Court decision

Excerpt from Capital Gazette: A piece of paper signals the beginning of the end of a long fight between a businessman and Annapolis officials after a mural was commissioned on one of his buildings downtown. Gavin Buckley, a Democratic mayoral candidate, and his business partners have filed a Certificate of Approval with the city of [...]

By | 2017-08-08T09:57:04+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Annapolis, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Tsunami property owner files for Certificate of Approval after District Court decision

City of Frederick HPC workshops repercussions of hotel construction in historic district

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: Developers and architects working on Frederick’s proposed downtown hotel and conference center promised this week that historic preservation was a key element in developing project plans over the past several years. A group of historic preservation activists are not so convinced, though, and urged members of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission [...]

By | 2017-08-01T10:56:14+00:00 July 29th, 2017|Advocacy, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Industrial, New Construction|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC workshops repercussions of hotel construction in historic district

City of Frederick HPC has full docket in July

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: The city’s Historic Preservation Commission has never been known for its short meetings, but the latest one held July 13 was exceptionally lengthy. And the next one coming up Thursday may not be much shorter. Not only are the commissioners set to workshop more details of the applications regarding the [...]

By | 2017-08-01T10:40:33+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, New Construction|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC has full docket in July

Berlin HDC wants to increase awareness about historic district with potential buyers

Excerpt from the Dispatch: Members of the town’s historic district commission want people buying homes in Berlin to be aware of historic district regulations before they buy. Discussion of a young couple’s request to erect a fence on their property led the Berlin Historic District Commission (HDC) Wednesday into a conversation about the need to [...]

By | 2017-08-01T11:27:11+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Berlin, Commission Policies & Procedures, Community Outreach & Education, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on Berlin HDC wants to increase awareness about historic district with potential buyers

Frederick HPC to review proposed downtown hotel and conference center project

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: The developers of Frederick’s proposed downtown hotel and conference center took the next step Thursday toward bringing the project to fruition. According to a news release from developers Plamondon Hospitality Partners, the developers, city officials and representatives of Randall Family LLC jointly filed an application Thursday morning with the city’s Historic [...]

By | 2017-07-03T09:37:12+00:00 June 17th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Industrial, New Construction, Property Types|Comments Off on Frederick HPC to review proposed downtown hotel and conference center project

Preservationists advocate at Frederick HPC Meeting for tannery site

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: News that the latest design for the proposed downtown hotel and conference center definitely includes plans to demolish the historic Birely Tannery building attracted a small crowd Thursday to the city’s Historic Preservation Commission meeting. The agenda for the meeting was rather light, with only one item set for hearing and [...]

By | 2017-07-03T09:26:47+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Advocacy, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on Preservationists advocate at Frederick HPC Meeting for tannery site

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 | 2017-05-12T10:29:00+00:00 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 | 2017-05-12T10:28:27+00:00 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 | 2017-05-12T10:36:22+00:00 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 | 2017-05-12T10:25:08+00:00 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

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 | 2017-04-14T14:07:17+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC approves dinosaur mural

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 | 2017-03-07T18:42:42+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Berlin, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on Berlin HDC approves plans for a new town hall sign

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 | 2017-02-16T11:45:32+00:00 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 to reconsider gas meter location on front of building

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: A West Third Street property owner will get a second chance to persuade the city’s Historic Preservation Commission to let him keep a gas meter on the front of his building. James Callear bought the brick town house at 133 W. Third St. in the Frederick Town Historic District about [...]

By | 2017-01-27T12:03:10+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on Frederick HPC to reconsider gas meter location on front of building

In Frederick historic district, placement of utility boxes poses problems

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: When James Callear bought a house on West Third Street in May, he was familiar with the rules governing the Frederick Town Historic District. What he didn’t realize, despite owning and renovating other properties in the historic district, was that utility boxes and meters cannot be on building facades, according to [...]

By | 2016-12-16T11:59:46+00:00 December 16th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, New Construction|Comments Off on In Frederick historic district, placement of utility boxes poses problems

Appeals Board overturns Berlin HDC business sign decision

Excerpt from the Dispatch: The Berlin Butcher Shop will be allowed to keep its pylon sign following a decision by the town’s board of appeals. On Wednesday, the board of appeals voted unanimously to overturn the October decision of the Berlin Historic District Commission (HDC) not to permit the Berlin Butcher Shop’s pylon sign, which [...]

By | 2016-12-23T16:34:38+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Berlin, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on Appeals Board overturns Berlin HDC business sign decision

City of Frederick HPC denies the request to demolish 56 S. Market St

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: Blight, structural and safety problems surrounding a prominent historic building in downtown Frederick don’t justify its demolition. This was the message of the city Historic Preservation Commission, which in a unanimous vote on Thursday denied the request to demolish the three-story building at 56 S. Market St. The decision ends a [...]

By | 2016-12-16T12:11:06+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Demolition by Neglect, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC denies the request to demolish 56 S. Market St

Montgomery County HPC to hold public hearing on relocation of Community Hardware Store

Excerpt from Bethesda Patch: The Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. regarding the proposed relocation of the Community Hardware Store (“Wilson Store”), which is currently located at 7250 Wisconsin Avenue and has historic preservation status. The developers of the Apex Building at 7272 [...]

By | 2016-12-16T12:19:27+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Montgomery County|Comments Off on Montgomery County HPC to hold public hearing on relocation of Community Hardware Store

City of Frederick HPC votes to postpone decision on demolition of 56 S. Market St. until next public hearing

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: Frederick's Historic Preservation Commission on Thursday voted to postpone its decision on a request to demolish the front, three-story portion of 56 S. Market St. until its next public hearing. The continuance came after a motion to deny property owner Suitland Road LLC's demolition request failed by a split 3-3 vote. [...]

By | 2016-12-16T12:25:53+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC votes to postpone decision on demolition of 56 S. Market St. until next public hearing