Excerpt from the Frederick-News Post:
The four recommended overlay sites, all in Neighborhood Advisory Council 12, are the first of the 26 identified as potentially eligible for historic designation under the city’s 2010 Comprehensive Plan. The designation committee will continue to submit applications for the remaining properties on that list, apart from a handful that were demolished or are no longer eligible because of substantial alterations in the last five years.
[Kate] McConnell [chairwoman of the Historic Preservation Designation Committee] also highlighted the recommendation’s role in protecting and preserving city history.
The recommendations mark one of the first times the city has considered an overlay on properties outside the Frederick Town Historic District without being prompted by a demolition application from the property owner. A handful of properties have been recommended for overlays by the city without a demolition review in the past, but none were ultimately approved, according to historic preservation planner Lisa Mroszczyk Murphy.
“This is significant that we are taking this proactive step rather than reacting to a demolition review request,” McConnell said.