Design Review & Guidelines

Frederick City HPC votes on relocation of controversial Taney statue

Excerpt from Your4State.com: The final vote for removing a controversial statue in the city of Frederick is underway There have been four proposals submitted by Frederick City Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak for the removal of the Roger Brooke Taney statue and this is the first time it has gone to resolution. “I think that this decision has [...]

By | August 2nd, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Frederick City HPC votes on relocation of controversial Taney statue

Frederick City HPC approves window replacement

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Duk Hee Ro, principal of Julia & James Properties, which owns several prominent downtown buildings, was at the city government building on Thursday. Ro was there requesting the green light from the Historic Preservation Commission to replace four of the windows at her property at 300-304 N. Market Street. Since [...]

By | August 2nd, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Substitute Materials|Comments Off on Frederick City HPC approves window replacement

Berlin HDC Approves Changes to Berlin Butcher Shop

Excerpt from The Dispatch: A downtown commercial building will be getting a facelift following approval from the town’s historic district commission. On Wednesday, the Berlin Historic District Commission approved exterior renovations, a new door and signage at what will soon be the Berlin Butcher Shop. Lisa Hall, a town council member and proprietor of the [...]

By | July 7th, 2016|Berlin, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on Berlin HDC Approves Changes to Berlin Butcher Shop

Rockville HDC to Consider New Plan for Chestnut Lodge

Excerpt from The Sentinel: A controversial plan to build seven townhouses at Chestnut Lodge is now being pared down to six townhouses. However, the developer will need to start the application process over again before the City Council decides whether to approve it. “We’re not thrilled about starting over again,” said Stephen Orens, an attorney [...]

By | June 28th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues, New Construction, Rockville|Comments Off on Rockville HDC to Consider New Plan for Chestnut Lodge

Montgomery County Historic Preservation Office Objects to Removal of Bethesda Community Store Sign

Excerpt from Bethesda Magazine: The owner of the historic Bethesda Community Store site is looking for a new tenant after the previous one closed its doors in May, but the real drama over the store’s future might revolve around a large, three-sided metal sign on the front of building that disappeared earlier this month. Montgomery [...]

By | June 16th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Montgomery County|Comments Off on Montgomery County Historic Preservation Office Objects to Removal of Bethesda Community Store Sign

Registration open – Legal Symposium: Creating, Defending, and Enforcing a Strong Historic Preservation Ordinance

The one-day symposium will address the legal, community, political, and enforcement challenges related to historic preservation ordinances and present creative, proven solutions for addressing them. Historic preservation commissioners, commission staff, city and county attorneys, and code enforcement officials are invited to participate in this interactive day of learning and discussion. We are pleased to have William Cook, Association [...]

By | May 27th, 2016|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues, Training|Comments Off on Registration open – Legal Symposium: Creating, Defending, and Enforcing a Strong Historic Preservation Ordinance

Annapolis Petitions Circuit Court on Its Authority over Murals

Excerpt from Capital Gazette: The battle over whether a mural can stay on Annapolis restaurant Tsunami's wall will head to court as restaurant owner Gavin Buckley was served with court papers on Friday. It's the culmination of months of back-and-forth between the West Street restaurant and the city's Historic Preservation Commission. Originally, the restaurant received [...]

By | May 20th, 2016|Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Annapolis Petitions Circuit Court on Its Authority over Murals

Montgomery County HPC Supports Restoration of Historic Bridge

Excerpt from Washington Post: The last time workers came to remake the bridge that carries Takoma Park’s main street across Sligo Creek, safety was not exactly Job One. On a winter’s day in 1932, the crew dynamited a few vital supports, and the bridge promptly collapsed with six workers standing on the span. Three ran [...]

By | May 13th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Good News, Montgomery County|Comments Off on Montgomery County HPC Supports Restoration of Historic Bridge

In the news: City of Frederick HPC Approves Moving Conley Farm Mill House

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Plans to build a new neighborhood on a historic farm in west Frederick are progressing, but at a slower pace than originally anticipated. If things go well, developer FredRock Partners hopes to break ground on a 220-home development at Conley Farm in 2017, according to Victor White, project manager. White [...]

By | April 15th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Rural|Comments Off on In the news: City of Frederick HPC Approves Moving Conley Farm Mill House

In the news: Annapolis Working Group Dissolved, Ordinance Changes to be Withdrawn

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: The contentious legislation on changes to city code governing historic properties will be withdrawn at Monday's City Council meeting and the work group surrounding that legislation has been dissolved. An email sent out by Pete Gutwald, the city's Director of Planning and Zoning, broke the news to members of the [...]

By | April 6th, 2016|Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on In the news: Annapolis Working Group Dissolved, Ordinance Changes to be Withdrawn

In the news: Chestertown Commission Discusses Demolitions

Excerpt from MyEasternShoreMD: The Historic Preservation Commission, at its meeting Monday, March 28, discussed some 20 demolition requests for buildings in Kent County. Katrina Tucker, of the county planning, housing and zoning department, showed photos of the properties and gave descriptions of each, based on site visits by commission members and county staff. Several, she [...]

By | March 31st, 2016|Chestertown, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on In the news: Chestertown Commission Discusses Demolitions

In the news: Work group meets to tackle Annapolis historic preservation code

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: A work group discussing changes to the city code on historic landmarks and structures met Wednesday at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center. Participants pored over each line, debating the changes to city code the Historic Preservation Commission uses for oversight and regulation of historic properties. For those at the meeting, [...]

By | March 29th, 2016|Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on In the news: Work group meets to tackle Annapolis historic preservation code

In the news: Kent County HDC approves demolition of 1961 building

Excerpt from MyEasternShoreMD: Another building on Cannon Street is about to be taken down. At the Chestertown Historic District Commission meeting, Wednesday, March 2, John and Pam Cambardella of Church Hill were given permission to demolish the building at 336 Cannon St., which they have owned since 2007. The Cambardellas bought the building as an [...]

By | March 4th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Kent County, Mid-century Modern, Property Types|Comments Off on In the news: Kent County HDC approves demolition of 1961 building

In the news: Frederick HPC reviews design plans for log cabin property

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: A downtown Frederick property that, until recently, housed a dilapidated, termite-ridden log cabin will get a new house built on it under construction plans submitted to the Historic Preservation Commission. Local builder Ron Hemby, owner of Hemby Custom Homes, has submitted preliminary design plans for a 2½-story house on the [...]

By | February 16th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, New Construction|Comments Off on In the news: Frederick HPC reviews design plans for log cabin property

In the News: What if Frederick didn’t have the HPC?

Excerpt from The Frederick News-Post: For all the charges of obstructionism made against it, the vast majority of applications are approved. And the commission does play a useful role in guiding development. Consider the case of those South Market facades. The developer’s original plans for the site called for “a six-story building with an exposed [...]

By | February 5th, 2016|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Landmarks & Designations|Comments Off on In the News: What if Frederick didn’t have the HPC?

In the news: Chestertown HDC approves demolition of former church

Excerpt from MyEasternShoreMD: ...the commission approved the demolition of a former church at 328 Cannon St. At its December meeting, the commission tabled the applicant's request in order to determine the building's historic significance as a church with a predominantly black congregation in what was historically an African American neighborhood. The property owner plans to [...]

By | January 12th, 2016|Chestertown, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on In the news: Chestertown HDC approves demolition of former church

In the news: Chestertown HDC reverses decision on train station roof replacement material

Excerpt from MyEasternShoreMD: Reversing a ruling at its December meeting, the Historic District Commission, meeting Wednesday, Jan. 6, voted to allow the owner of the former train station at 300 Cross St. to install asphalt shingles on its roof. Owner Carla Johnson said the commission's approval of a metal room at the Dec. 2 meeting [...]

By | January 12th, 2016|Chestertown, Design Review & Guidelines, Substitute Materials|Comments Off on In the news: Chestertown HDC reverses decision on train station roof replacement material

In the news: Chestertown HDC approves solar panel projects

Excerpt from MyEasternShoreMD: The Historic District Commission, meeting Wednesday, Nov. 4, got a lesson on solar energy installations. At the same meeting, it approved two solar installations in the Historic District and suggested it is open to a wider application of the technology. Scott Johnson of Advanced Solar, the company installing solar arrays for members [...]

By | December 22nd, 2015|Chestertown, Design Review & Guidelines, New Construction, Sustainable/Green Technologies|Comments Off on In the news: Chestertown HDC approves solar panel projects

In the news: Chestertown HDC approves railroad station roof replacement

Excerpt from MyEasternShoreMD: The Historic District Commission, meeting Wednesday, Dec. 2, approved a roof replacement for the former railroad station building, currently the offices of the Tidewater Trader. Carla Johnson, publisher of the Trader, said that other buildings in the neighborhood have metal roofs. However, she said, she would prefer to use asphalt shingles, which [...]

By | December 9th, 2015|Chestertown, Design Review & Guidelines, Substitute Materials|Comments Off on In the news: Chestertown HDC approves railroad station roof replacement

In the news: Baltimore CHAP approves H&S Bakery warehouse expansion

Excerpt from the Baltimore Business Journal: H&S Bakery has received initial approval from the city's historic preservation panel to expand its Fells Point production-and-distribution facility. The expansion would add nearly 25,000 square feet to the current warehouse on South Caroline Street, bringing total square footage up to 62,000 square feet. An historic, industrial building at [...]

By | October 27th, 2015|Baltimore City, Design Review & Guidelines, Industrial, New Construction, Property Types|Comments Off on In the news: Baltimore CHAP approves H&S Bakery warehouse expansion