The 441st Session of the Maryland General Assembly came to an abrupt close on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. As Maryland and the rest of the nation grappled with the outbreak of COVID-19, leaders in Annapolis decided to adjourn the legislative session early – something only done once before 159 years ago, on the eve of the American Civil War.
With support and advocacy from an array of national, state, and local partners, including Preservation Maryland, the City Dock Advocacy Committee has worked steadily on crafting a sustainable and vibrant reimagining of Annapolis’ historic downtown waterfront.
Bird's eye view of Annapolis, 1853.
Emergency Funding Brings Land Use Experts to Historic City Dock in Annapolis
10/17/2018 By Preservation Maryland
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 national Technical Assistance Panel from the Urban Land Institute to Annapolis this month to provide strategic, multidisciplinary advice about land use and to offer further details of redevelopment alternatives.
Proposed this summer, Ordinance 23-18 would 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 would 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.
Through an emergency grant of $5,000 from the Heritage Fund, Preservation Maryland joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation in raising funds to bring in the Urban Land Institute to conduct a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) related to City Dock. The objective of the TAP effort is to provide expert, multi-disciplinary advice on land use and real estate issues. The results of the TAP will include further definition and details of redevelopment alternatives consistent with studies approved by the Annapolis City Council and will allow for a public conversation to increase the community’s understanding of alternatives.
The TAP meeting has been scheduled and organized by Historic Annapolis, Inc. for October 23-24, 2018 and will bring together experts from architecture, planning, preservation, economics, with local experts, property owners, and business owners, including representative from Preservation Maryland.
The Heritage Fund is a cooperative effort of Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust to provide direct assistance for the protection of historical and cultural resources in Maryland. The program funds innovative demonstrative projects that can be successfully replicated to meet the Old Line State’s historic preservation needs.
Preservation Maryland is Maryland’s first and largest organization dedicated to preserving the state’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, and archaeological sites.