Design Review & Guidelines

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

City of Frederick HPC postpones decision on utility meter placement for Washington Gas and owner to find better option

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: An ongoing dispute between the city’s Historic Preservation Commission and local utility companies reared its ugly head last week with a request to install a portion of a gas meter on the facade of downtown Frederick’s Pythian Castle. Gideon Properties, a Hagerstown-based real estate investment firm, is set to renovate the [...]

By | 2017-10-27T10:14:39+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC postpones decision on utility meter placement for Washington Gas and owner to find better option

City of Frederick HDC approves Brewer’s Alley rooftop terrace designs

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Brewer’s Alley’s rooftop terrace is slated for a makeover of sorts that will protect diners and drinkers from the elements following an approval Thursday from the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. Roughly a year ago, owner Phil Bowers constructed a wooden pergola — a column-supported open grid for growing vines — [...]

By | 2017-10-14T16:39:18+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, New Construction|Comments Off on City of Frederick HDC approves Brewer’s Alley rooftop terrace designs

Hagerstown HDC approves design for The Maryland Theatre expansion

Excerpt from Herald-Mail Media: The design of the proposed $13 million expansion of The Maryland Theatre received its final approval from the city, and now just needs to work out a few kinks before the project can move forward. The Hagerstown Historic District Commission approved the design of the 30,000-square-foot expansion during its meeting Thursday, [...]

By | 2017-10-14T16:32:48+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Hagerstown, New Construction|Comments Off on Hagerstown HDC approves design for The Maryland Theatre expansion

Annapolis HPC approves plan to re-brick Main Street

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun: In the hopes of creating a street that lasts, the Historic Preservation Commission on Thursday voted to approve a city plan to re-brick Main Street in downtown Annapolis. The approval allows the city’s Department of Public Works to vet bids to uproot the bricks and asphalt, which have failed 22 [...]

By | 2017-09-29T11:29:27+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Annapolis, Design Review & Guidelines, Good News|Comments Off on Annapolis HPC approves plan to re-brick Main Street

Annapolis City Council to hear remarks on ordinance to clarify HPC’s role

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: As part of a lengthy public hearing schedule, the City Council will hear remarks on...an ordinance that would clarify the Historic Preservation Commission’s role in approving exterior changes to buildings.  

By | 2017-09-29T11:24:08+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Annapolis, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Annapolis City Council to hear remarks on ordinance to clarify HPC’s role

Howard County HPC receives grant to update design guidelines

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun: Restoration efforts following last year’s devastating Ellicott City flood continue to take new shape, now in the form of a grant program from a partnership between Preservation Maryland and Historic Ellicott City Inc. The grants, totaling $50,000, were awarded last month to several groups located in the historic district, and [...]

By | 2017-09-29T11:20:44+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Good News, Howard County, Partner Organizations|Comments Off on Howard County HPC receives grant to update design guidelines