Save City Dock in Annapolis

Located on the downtown Annapolis waterfront, City Dock is a vital part of the Colonial Annapolis National Register Historic District. Unfortunately, recently proposed rezoning threatens to undo the character of the historic waterfront. In response to this threat, the National Trust for Historic Preservation listed City Dock as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2018. Preservation Maryland has joined efforts to invite the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to conduct a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) related to City Dock, which will bring in experts from across the country to provide strategic, multidisciplinary advice about land use and to offer further details of redevelopment alternatives. The TAP will build upon studies approved by the Annapolis City Council and will allow for a public conversation about the future of the historic City Dock.


Partners: Historic Annapolis, Inc., Urban Land Institute

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The Problem

Proposed rezoning threatens to undo the character of City Dock and the National Trust for Historic Preservation listed City Dock as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2018. The rezoning will increase vehicular traffic, create a negative impact on viewsheds, erode the experience of living in and visiting Annapolis’s historic waterfront, and risks damaging the thriving heritage tourism economy.

The Fix

Preservation Maryland will join efforts with Historic Annapolis, Inc. in their efforts to present a more compatible solution to revitalizing Annapolis City Dock in a manner that suits the needs of businesses, residents, and visitors, without compromising the integrity of the Annapolis National Historic Landmark District.

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The Colonial Annapolis National Register Historic District is beloved by both locals and visitors and serves as a powerful draw for the area. Situated inside the District, Annapolis’s City Dock connects the rest of the District to the Chesapeake Bay. To preserve and enhance this vitally important place, protective ordinances have been in place for over 45 years with the abiding support of property owners, to ensure the height and massing of new buildings do not disrupt the character of the Historic District.

Proposed rezoning threatens to undo the character of City Dock, led to the listing of City Dock as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2018 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Ordinance 23-18 will lift the height and bulk restrictions around the waterfront, eliminate oversight by the Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission, and discard any requirement for a public process. The rezoning will increase vehicular traffic, create a negative impact on viewsheds, erode the experience of living in and visiting Annapolis’s historic waterfront, and risks damaging the thriving heritage tourism economy.

Preservation Maryland joined, through an emergency grant of $5,000 from the Heritage Fund, the National Trust for Historic Preservation in raising funds to bring in Urban Land Institute Baltimore (ULI) to conduct a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) related to City Dock. The objective of the ULI Baltimore TAP program is to provide expert, multi-disciplinary advice on land use and real estate issues. The purpose of the TAP is to allow for further definition and details of redevelopment alternatives consistent with studies approved by the Annapolis City Council and to allow for a public conversation to increase the community’s understanding of alternatives.

Updates

OCTOBER 2018

Historic Annapolis, Inc. is the recipient of an emergency Heritage Fund grant to address threats to the historic City Dock area of the Annapolis National Landmark District. The funding will bring a Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel from the to Annapolis on October 23-24, 2018 to provide strategic, multidisciplinary advice about land use and to offer further details of redevelopment alternatives.

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June 2018

On June 26, 2018, the National Trust for Historic Preservation listed the City of Annapolis, Maryland as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Since its listing as a National Historic Landmark District in 1965, Annapolis has remained one of the most intact and authentic colonial towns in the entire nation  proposed rezoning puts it all at risk.

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BACKGROUND RESOURCES

09/2018
Cultural Landscape Report of Annapolis City Dock
Heritage Preservation Studies with Land and Community Associates

06/2018
Press Release: Annapolis Listed as One of America’s Eleven Most Endangered Historic Places
Preservation Maryland

04/2018
Weather it Together: A Cultural Resource Hazard Mitigation Plan for the City of Annapolis
City of Annapolis

10/2013
Annapolis City Dock Master Plan: A Framework to Guide Improvements and Redevelopment
City of Annapolis City Dock Advisory Committee

2011
Building in the Fourth Century: Annapolis Historic District Design Manual
Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission

11/2010
Annapolis City Dock: A Technical Assistance Panel Report
Urban Land Institute Washington

01/2006
Annapolis Regional Transportation Vision and Master Plan
Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade and Douglas, Inc.

1974
Colonial Annapolis Historic District
National Park Service

IN THE NEWS

09/03/2018
Modernizing Historic Annapolis with Karen Theimer Brown
PreserveCast

08/26/2018
Robert C. Clark: Historic Annapolis working with the mayor on the future of City Dock
The Capital Gazette

08/17/2018
Yet another (very) different look at City Dock…complete with a ferris wheel
Eye on Annapolis

08/08/2018
Our Say: Visions for City Dock have changed, but consensus still needed
The Capital Gazette

08/01/2018
History repeating: A City Dock study offers reflection on the life of the waterfront
The Capital Gazette

06/26/2018
Preservationists fight for future of Annapolis City Dock
WBAL TV 11

07/02/2018
Annapolis named one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places
PreserveCast

06/26/2018
Annapolis Historic District to be Listed as Endangered Site
The Capital Gazette

06/26/2018
Discover America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2018
National Trust for Historic Preservation

06/04/2018
Annapolis mayor responds to outcry over City Dock proposal
The Capital Gazette

06/04/2018
Annapolis mayor to reintroduce City Dock zoning legislation
The Capital Gazette

06/04/2018
Could Annapolis lose its Historic Landmark Designation?
The Capital Gazette

05/22/2018
Legislation to rezone Annapolis City Dock fails after five-hour meeting
The Capital Gazette

04/07/2018
Discontent grows with downtown Annapolis hotel proposal
The Capital Gazette

04/06/2018
Op-Ed from Historic Annapolis: No City Dock Development without more study and Respect for Historic Landscape
The Capital Gazette

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