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.
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.
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.
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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