The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has announced the second recipient of the State of Maryland’s Catalytic Revitalization Tax Credit, designed to rehabilitate formerly government-owned properties for economic and community development purposes. The redevelopment of Fort Ritchie in Washington County will receive a state tax credit worth up to $15 million for the comprehensive redevelopment and reuse at the historic site of the former military base.
BALTIMORE (December 22, 2022) – After nearly two years of dedicated advocacy, Preservation Maryland and its national program, The Campaign for Historic Trades, is pleased to announce that the Frederick Jobs and Historic Preservation Training Center Land Acquisition Act was included in the recently passed year-end government spending bill and is expected to be immediately signed into law by President Biden. The legislation was sponsored by Senators Cardin and Van Hollen and by Congressman Trone in the House of Representatives.
The legislation, which was initially drafted by Preservation Maryland advocacy staff, provides the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center, located in Frederick, Maryland, with the congressional authority to acquire up to 20 acres to build out a fully functioning center for historic trades training. The vastly increased footprint will also permit the Center to expand and host more trainees in Frederick and around the nation.
In addition to leading the advocacy effort, Preservation Maryland President and CEO Nicholas Redding also testified before Congress in November of 2021 in support of its passage, alongside leading preservation and conservationists. Redding’s testimony before a congressional committee was a first in the organization’s history.
While a simple bill, its passage in one congress was anything but certain. Common sense preservation legislation often languishes, as leading national preservation groups know all too well. Fortunately, Preservation Maryland’s persistence coupled with tremendous congressional sponsorship in Maryland Senators Cardin and Van Hollen and Congressmen Trone and their respective staff, led to its passage in the 117th Congress.
Nicholas Redding, Preservation Maryland President, and CEO, explained,
“Tackling federal legislation is perhaps the most complex advocacy goal for a statewide organization – it’s a task that confounds even the most sophisticated national organizations – so for Preservation Maryland to take the lead on this effort and see it through in one Congress is something to be celebrated.” Redding continued, “This legislation isn’t just about buying land – it’s about investing in our communities and building a workforce equal to the opportunity before us.”
With passage secured, the next phase of the complex project begins. Fortunately, the property has been identified and is owned by the City of Frederick, which is both a willing seller and partner. As the project develops, Preservation Maryland will update its followers and partners on opportunities to get engaged and supportive of the work ahead.
A special thank you to our partner the Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) and its superintendent Moss Rudley for their continued partnership.
Senate President Bill Ferguson talks about the Great Maryland Outdoors Act.
Great Maryland Outdoors Act of 2022 to Fund Preservation of Historically Significant Site in Annapolis
09/02/2022 By Dana Cohen
A major 2022 Legislative Session win, the passage of the Great Maryland Great Outdoors Act creates and funds a pathway for a state park system that addresses needs for acquisition, accessibility, and equity. Preservation Maryland’s President & CEO Nicholas Redding attended a senate press conference Thursday, September 1, 2022 at Annapolis’ Carrs Beach as funding was just announced for development and preservation of the historically significant site.
Sen. Sarah Elfreth and Preservation Maryland’s President & CEO Nicholas Redding at Carrs Beach in Annapolis.
Carrs Beach is the last undeveloped parcel of the famous beach that served as a safe haven and a recreation destination for African Americans during the segregation era.
“Preservation Maryland is pleased to see our advocacy efforts translate into real action with investment in historic and cultural resources in Maryland parks, and the creation of new parks that will preserve diverse histories of underrepresented communities.”
-Nicholas Redding, President & CEO, Preservation Maryland
The Great Maryland Outdoors Act, introduced in response to the great demands placed on state parks in recent years, includes $70 million for critical maintenance, $80 million for capital improvements and acquisitions, and $12 million for 100 new park staff in the bill. Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, Senate President Bill Ferguson, former Gov. Parris Glendening, Senator Sarah Elfreth, and Delegate Eric Luedtke were on hand for the announcement, among other advocates and stakeholders.
“We have not been telling the complete story of Maryland until this bill passed. Only one of our more than 70 state parks really focused on the history of Black Marylanders in particular,” added Luedtke.
The bill’s sponsors – House Majority Leader Eric Luedtke and Sen. Sarah Elfreth headed a commission that produced the legislation.
Dana Cohen · Director of Communications
As an award-winning communications professional who creates and manages strategic campaigns, Dana works with our team and partners to tell the stories about our important preservation work and highlight what makes Maryland’s historic buildings, communities, and landscapes special.