On October 29, 2018, the Howard County Council passed CB75-2018 with amendments, as advocated for by many Marylanders, that lessens the bill’s original threat to the Historic Preservation Commissions’ independent nature.
On October 1, 2018, CB75-2018 was introduced during a legislative session of the Howard County Council. This new legislation could radically upend over forty years of preservation planning and investment in one fell swoop.
Grants totaling $50,000 was awarded to the following projects:
Recipient: Patapsco Heritage Greenway Amount: $10,000 Type: Bricks & Mortar Project: Façade Improvement on Tonge Row Description: Funding will support restoration of the front and rear facades of the stone rowhome on Tonge Row which houses the offices and public programs of the Patapsco Heritage Greenway.
Recipient: Howard County Historical Society Amount: $10,000 Type: Bricks & Mortar Project: Restoration of the Second Quaker Schoolhouse Description: Funding will support both interior and exterior capital repairs to the building to prepare the structure for its future conversion to an engaging children’s museum.
Recipient: Ellicott City Historic District Partnership Amount: $3,500 Type: Interpretation & Signage Project: Signage for lower Main Street Description: Funding will support the replacement of the flood level sign near the Patapsco River Bridge and the creation of a plaque above the 10 mile marker under the CSX Bridge.
Recipient: Howard County Historic Preservation Commission Amount: $10,000 Type: Education & Public Outreach Project: Printing and distribution of updated historic district design guidelines Description: Funding will support the publication and distribution of updated design guidelines for the Ellicott City historic district. Design guidelines, which help maintain the district’s distinctive look and feel, will be widely distributed in an effort to help improve and rebuild the historic district.
Recipient: Howard County Tourism Council Amount: $6,120 Type: Bricks & Mortar, Interpretation & Signage Project: Welcome Center Rain Garden Description: After the front lawn of the Howard County Welcome Center was damaged in the flood, there was a reevaluation of the design and composition of the lawn, resulting in the decision to create a rain garden featuring native plants, features designed to slow water flow, and interpretive signage. Funding will support installing this new rain garden and interpretive panels.
Recipient: St. Luke’s A.M.E. Church Amount: $3,580 Type: Bricks & Mortar Project: Exterior repairs Description: This grant will help fund exterior repairs to the historic St. Luke’s A.M.E. Church on Main Street.