Design Review & Guidelines

City of Frederick HPC to host workshop on draft amendment to historic district guidelines

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: The city’s Historic Preservation Commission will host a public workshop Thursday to discuss draft amendments to the Frederick Town Historic District design guidelines. The guidelines, which dictate elements of new construction design for properties in the district, are required to go through periodic assessments to stay current. The draft amendments set [...]

By | 2018-02-27T11:51:34+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Community Outreach & Education, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC to host workshop on draft amendment to historic district guidelines

Baltimore’s CHAP does not approve Fells Point apartment building plans

Excerpt from the Baltimore Business Journal: Plans for a cubic, modern five-story apartment building on a quaint residential street in Fells Point were stalled this week by a city historic preservation panel. The plan by Washington Street LLC to building the multi-family development with a ground-level parking garage at 509 S. Washington St. was put on [...]

By | 2018-02-27T11:49:11+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Baltimore City, Design Review & Guidelines, New Construction|Comments Off on Baltimore’s CHAP does not approve Fells Point apartment building plans

Baltimore’s CHAP endorses Broadway Market plans

Excerpt from Baltimore Business Journal: A plan to overhaul and update the historic Broadway Market was given a green light on Tuesday by a historic preservation panel at City Hall... sheds with large windows and an open-air feel was unanimously endorsed by the city's Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation, or CHAP.

By | 2018-02-27T11:44:53+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Baltimore City, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on Baltimore’s CHAP endorses Broadway Market plans

City of Frederick HPC approves rehabilitation of Frederick Railroad building

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Marrying flexibility and history, a final design for the former Frederick Railroad building on East Patrick Street is approved and ready for implementation as part of the proposed downtown hotel and conference center. Members of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve plans to rehabilitate the early [...]

By | 2018-02-27T12:05:39+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC approves rehabilitation of Frederick Railroad building

Main Street Chestertown offering facade improvement grants in historic district

Excerpt from Kent County News: Main Street Historic Chestertown is offering a total of $40,000 in matching façade improvement grants to spruce up commercial buildings in the town's historic district. In this first year of the program, owners of downtown buildings or businesses may apply for grants covering 60 percent of the cost of their [...]

By | 2018-02-27T11:26:21+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Charlestown, Community Outreach & Education, Design Review & Guidelines, Good News, Grants, Historical Material Maintenance|Comments Off on Main Street Chestertown offering facade improvement grants in historic district

Baltimore’s CHAP to consider exterior improvement plans for Broadway Market

Baltimore Sun: Plans to add a modernized facade and new public pavilion to historic Broadway Market will be unveiled before a city panel this month as plans to redevelop the space get underway. The exterior improvements will help clean up and make the space in Fells Point more inviting to patrons, a city markets executive [...]

By | 2018-02-27T11:21:38+00:00 February 3rd, 2018|Baltimore City, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on Baltimore’s CHAP to consider exterior improvement plans for Broadway Market

City of Frederick HPC approves final applications for condo & apartment conversions to begin

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Plans to bring luxury apartments to the Civil War-era Kemp Hall building, and a new deli and brewery to the Union Mills building near downtown Frederick, cleared major hurdles Thursday with approvals from the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. Both projects need exterior renovations to move forward, which the commissioners were [...]

By | 2018-01-30T10:41:20+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC approves final applications for condo & apartment conversions to begin

City of Frederick HPC approves mural expansion and approves two downtown condo & apartment conversions

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Local artist Goodloe Byron is preparing his paint brushes to extend the colorful, cartoonish mural he painted of the Maryland state dinosaur last year on the side of the Church Street garage. The mural, which stretches 30 feet high and 150 wide, begins north of the brick stair tower on [...]

By | 2018-01-30T10:04:01+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC approves mural expansion and approves two downtown condo & apartment conversions

City of Frederick HPC to review conversion of commercial downtown buildings to apartments and condos

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Two historic downtown Frederick buildings are moving closer to welcoming residential tenants. The city’s Historic Preservation Commission is set Thursday to discuss renovations to the 20 N. Court St. building known as the Pythian Castle, and to the Kemp Hall building at 48-52 N. Market St. The buildings are slated [...]

By | 2018-01-30T10:06:19+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC to review conversion of commercial downtown buildings to apartments and condos

Howard County updating Ellicott City Design Guidelines to address accessibility

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun: Set on a steep hill with winding sidewalks and narrow shops, Ellicott City’s Main Street wasn’t built with wheelchairs and walkers in mind. Today, with more than 2 million Americans using wheelchairs and more than 6 million relying on walkers, canes or crutches for assistance, according to National Institute of [...]

By | 2018-01-09T15:28:07+00:00 December 25th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Howard County|Comments Off on Howard County updating Ellicott City Design Guidelines to address accessibility

City of Frederick HPC approves changes to Union Mills building facade

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: As Regent Education employees settle into their new home in Frederick’s Union Mills building, the historic building they left behind is getting a makeover in anticipation of having five new commercial tenants. Known today as the Firehouse Financial Center, the brick structure at 12 W. Church St. was built in [...]

By | 2018-01-09T15:07:28+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC approves changes to Union Mills building facade

City of Baltimore’s CHAP to hold hearing about Elm Street Development in Fells Point

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun: Elm Street Development is planning a new 300-unit apartment and condo development along the waterfront in Fells Point. The property at 2001 Aliceanna St. is currently the site of a two-story warehouse, leased by the National Aquarium, and a large parking lot. The Virginia-based firm hopes to break ground on [...]

By | 2017-12-08T12:47:00+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Baltimore City, Design Review & Guidelines, New Construction|Comments Off on City of Baltimore’s CHAP to hold hearing about Elm Street Development in Fells Point

Historic St. Anne’s applies to Annapolis HPC to install cell antennae in church tower

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: The historic St. Anne’s Church steeple rising above downtown Annapolis could soon become a little more technologically advanced. The church has applied to install eight AT&T cell phone antennae in the tower of the prominent Church Circle building — but the installation would require a change. Wooden-slatted louvers in the [...]

By | 2017-12-08T12:42:48+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Annapolis, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on Historic St. Anne’s applies to Annapolis HPC to install cell antennae in church tower

Meeting of stakeholders held in Frederick to discuss mitigation at Birely Tannery site

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Frederick Economic Development Director Richard Griffin brought six flip charts with information about mitigating the historic elements of the Birely Tannery building for the proposed downtown hotel and conference center to a private meeting last week with representatives and stakeholders. The meeting was the second members of the Maryland Historical [...]

By | 2017-12-08T12:24:05+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Landmarks & Designations, New Construction|Comments Off on Meeting of stakeholders held in Frederick to discuss mitigation at Birely Tannery site

Hagerstown HDC asks for proof of funding for new construction before approving demolition

Excerpt from Herald-Mail Media: Developers are preparing to demolish a downtown building to make way for new classroom space as part of the new urban improvement project, but school officials say there's a bit of housekeeping to do first. Washington County Board of Education President Melissa Williams wrote in a letter to the county commissioners [...]

By | 2017-12-08T12:13:09+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Hagerstown, New Construction|Comments Off on Hagerstown HDC asks for proof of funding for new construction before approving demolition

City of Baltimore’s CHAP approves demolition of Eddie’s of Mount Vernon

Excerpt from Baltimore Business Journal: In what was described as the only path to the future in Mount Vernon, a chunk of the past will soon be getting the wrecking ball. A city panel voted Tuesday to allow demolition of the Eddie's of Mount Vernon grocery store and other historic buildings at 7-15 W. Eager [...]

By | 2018-01-05T13:43:39+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Baltimore City, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Landmarks & Designations|Comments Off on City of Baltimore’s CHAP approves demolition of Eddie’s of Mount Vernon

City of Frederick HPC approves first design details for downtown hotel project

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: After months of discussion and tweaking, developers and architects working on Frederick’s proposed downtown hotel and conference center cleared a “major hurdle” Thursday with the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. “Tonight was a major hurdle that we passed after many, many workshops and a lot of good back-and-forth between the Historic Preservation [...]

By | 2017-11-14T11:40:51+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, New Construction|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC approves first design details for downtown hotel project

Berlin HPC okays church sign and exterior fridge

Excerpt from Ocean City Maryland News: BERLIN – A new sign will soon accent Buckingham Presbyterian Church following approval this week from the town’s historic district commission. On Wednesday, the Berlin Historic District Commission approved the church’s plan to install a new sign in front of the Main Street structure. “I love the sign,” said [...]

By | 2017-11-14T11:36:30+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Berlin, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on Berlin HPC okays church sign and exterior fridge

City of Frederick HPC holds workshops with developers to go over plans for once Birely Tannery demolished

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: Members of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission voted in September to allow for demolition of the early 20th-century Birely Tannery building as long as proper historic mitigation efforts are performed. The vote spearheaded a series of workshops now underway with the commission to go over the project’s design details. Commissioners will [...]

By | 2017-10-27T10:31:42+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Industrial, Landmarks & Designations|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC holds workshops with developers to go over plans for once Birely Tannery demolished

Annapolis City Council changes part of code governing exterior changes in the historic district

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: The City Council on Monday night...passed: A change to a part of the code that governs exterior changes to building in the Historic District. The code previously gave the Historic Preservation Commission authority over "any other factors, including aesthetic factors, which the Commission deems to be pertinent." It will now [...]

By | 2017-10-27T10:22:21+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Annapolis, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Annapolis City Council changes part of code governing exterior changes in the historic district