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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 Baltimore considers adding two new historic districts

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun: City leaders are considering creating two new historic districts in West Baltimore, a move they say could accelerate revitalization of a once-bustling shopping district that has been largely vacant for years. Baltimore’s Planning Commission unanimously voted Thursday to formally designate the Howard Street Commercial Historic District and the Five and [...]

By | 2018-01-30T10:05:19+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Baltimore City, Good News, Landmarks & Designations|Comments Off on City of Baltimore considers adding two new historic districts

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

Hagerstown HDC reelects officers

Excerpt from Herald-Mail Media: The Hagerstown Historic District Commission re-elected its officers during a meeting last week. Michael Gehr was renamed chairman of the commission, while Chris Davis was renamed vice chairman. Gehr, who was appointed in 2000, is an architect. Davis, who was appointed in 2013, holds a career in planning. The commission is [...]

By | 2018-01-09T14:59:10+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Commission Policies & Procedures, Hagerstown|Comments Off on Hagerstown HDC reelects officers

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

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

Lisa Craig, Chief of Historic Preservation in Annapolis, resigns

Excerpt from Capital Gazette: The top historic preservation official in Annapolis resigned Monday, a week after the election of a new mayor who challenged the city's policy on protecting its historic buildings. Lisa Craig, chief of historic preservation since 2010, submitted her resignation to planning and zoning director Pete Gutwald. “I am very unclear as [...]

By | 2017-12-08T12:19:09+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Annapolis, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Lisa Craig, Chief of Historic Preservation in Annapolis, resigns

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

St. Mary’s County HPC sponsors presentation on African American genealogy

Excerpt from The Enterprise: An Empowerment and African American Genealogy presentation led by Chris Haley, Maryland State Archives research director for the history of slavery, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the St. Mary’s commissioners’ meeting room in Leonardtown. Sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Historic Preservation Commission, St. [...]

By | 2017-12-08T12:02:01+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Community Outreach & Education, St. Mary's County|Comments Off on St. Mary’s County HPC sponsors presentation on African American genealogy

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