Frederick City

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

Deadline approaching to apply for City of Frederick historic preservation tax credits

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: Owners of historic properties in the city of Frederick have until April 1 to apply for tax credits for completing qualified exterior repairs and renovations. About a dozen people attended a Jan. 16 meeting where details of the city’s historic preservation tax credit program were explained. Historic preservation planners Lisa [...]

By | 2018-01-30T10:36:33+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Community Outreach & Education, Frederick City, Tax Credits|Comments Off on Deadline approaching to apply for City of Frederick historic preservation tax credits

City of Frederick HPC pledges support of draft plan to direct portion of conference center tax revenue to historic rehabilitation

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: An early draft of a plan to help owners of historic properties in Frederick reap benefits from the proposed downtown hotel and conference center is floating around as part of an effort to offset the loss of the state’s last standing tannery building. And although city officials are leery, members [...]

By | 2018-01-30T10:30:07+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Frederick City, Legal Issues, Tax Credits|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC pledges support of draft plan to direct portion of conference center tax revenue to historic rehabilitation

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

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

Preservation Matters: Simple, cost-effective ways to increase energy efficiency

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: The cold weather has finally moved in, and winter is just a few weeks away. Now is a great time to start thinking about preparing your historic property for winter. Fortunately, there are simple and cost-effective retrofits that homeowners can do themselves to improve energy efficiency and thermal performance without compromising [...]

By | 2017-12-08T12:37:50+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Community Outreach & Education, Frederick City, Historical Material Maintenance|Comments Off on Preservation Matters: Simple, cost-effective ways to increase energy efficiency

Preservation Matters: Looking back at ‘Lost Frederick’

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: This week, Preservation Matters will address two questions received from our readers. First, we were asked about “Lost Frederick,” or buildings that have lost the preservation battle. While unfortunately this is too long a tale for one week, we will address a few notable losses here and continue to periodically highlight [...]

By | 2017-12-08T12:30:33+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Community Outreach & Education, Frederick City|Comments Off on Preservation Matters: Looking back at ‘Lost Frederick’

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

Preservation Matters: Frederick played major role in early food canning, distribution

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: by Christina Martinkosky In an effort to help inform residents about historic preservation in the city of Frederick and enhance community outreach and the perception of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission, The Frederick News-Post has partnered with historic preservation department staff members to bring you a weekly column dedicated to the subject. [...]

By | 2017-12-08T12:03:17+00:00 November 12th, 2017|Community Outreach & Education, Frederick City, Industrial|Comments Off on Preservation Matters: Frederick played major role in early food canning, distribution

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

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

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

City of Frederick HPC votes to permit demolition of Birely Tannery

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: The days of Frederick’s former Birely Tannery building are officially numbered after a Historic Preservation Commission vote Thursday. Demolition, however, is still many months, many plan approvals and many historic mitigation efforts away. Much to the disappointment of passionate historic preservation advocates, the city’s Historic Preservation Commission voted 6-1 Thursday [...]

By | 2017-09-19T15:25:18+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Industrial, Landmarks & Designations, New Construction, Property Types|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC votes to permit demolition of Birely Tannery

City of Frederick staff recommend to HPC that Birely Tannery be demolished

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: City staff members are recommending that the Birely Tannery building be demolished to make way for Frederick’s proposed downtown hotel and conference center. People who oppose the demolition will have one last chance at Thursday’s Historic Preservation Commission meeting to make their feelings known before commissioners decide its ultimate fate. [...]

By | 2017-09-19T15:11:45+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Landmarks & Designations, New Construction|Comments Off on City of Frederick staff recommend to HPC that Birely Tannery be demolished

City of Frederick HPC holds 4th workshop on Birely Tannery with packed room

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: In less than two weeks, Frederick’s Historic Preservation Commission will decide the fate of the Birely Tannery building. Passionate opinions both for and against the demolition of the building rang out across a packed City Hall boardroom Thursday in the last of four public workshops dedicated to the decision. The [...]

By | 2017-09-05T11:52:34+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Advocacy, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, New Construction|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC holds 4th workshop on Birely Tannery with packed room

City of Frederick HPC to hold at least one more workshop on demo of Birely Tannery building

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Dan Lawton hopes members will be ready to vote after one more workshop on whether to allow demolition of the historic Birely Tannery building for construction of the proposed downtown hotel and conference center. The commissioners held their third workshop Thursday on the request, which stems from [...]

By | 2017-08-29T10:31:41+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Industrial|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC to hold at least one more workshop on demo of Birely Tannery building

Development proceeds at Park Hall manor site that inspired City of Frederick Demolition Review Ordinance

Excerpt From Frederick News-Post: A new shopping center is coming to the site where the historic Park Hall manor once stood on Frederick’s east side. The project, known as Gateway East Plaza, is slated to consist of a 41,600-square-foot shopping center and 100-room hotel on four lots facing the interior corner of East Patrick Street [...]

By | 2017-08-29T10:25:35+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Advocacy, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on Development proceeds at Park Hall manor site that inspired City of Frederick Demolition Review Ordinance

City of Frederick HPC deems Magnolia Ave property ineligible for designation

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: Historic preservation has no place in the planned demolition of a house in Frederick’s Magnolia Avenue neighborhood. The city Historic Preservation Commission on Thursday deemed the property ineligible for a special historic designation. The 4-2 vote ends the pursuit of a historic preservation overlay for the house at 210 Magnolia Ave., [...]

By | 2017-08-16T11:10:16+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Frederick City, Landmarks & Designations, New Construction|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC deems Magnolia Ave property ineligible for designation