Finding funds for your preservation rehabilitation project can be complex and confusing. Fortunately, in Maryland, there are many programs designed to help private property owners maintain and rehabilitate their historic structure. Historic tax credits are a critical tool and may be just the funding boost you need to get your project completed!
One of the most popular community engagement activities in Smart Growth is the Main Street Program. In 1998, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development created a comprehensive downtown revitalization program called Main Street Maryland. For more than 20 years, this program has improved the economy, appearance, and image of Maryland’s downtown districts.
Historic Brunswick, Maryland B&O Railroad station, ca. 1891.
Local Advocacy Update: Brunswick Candidates Support Preservation
07/20/2018 By Preservation Maryland
At a recent candidate forum for the City of Brunswick City Council the majority of participants voiced their emphatic support for the preservation of the historic downtown.
The forum, which was hosted by the Greater Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce, featured six participants who are vying for three available council positions. The non-partisan forum focused on a wide variety of issues confronting the historic town — from infrastructure to water treatment and historic preservation.
Brunswick Candidate Forum, July 2018.
Recent efforts to demolish significant historic structures in the downtown historic district have generated significant concern citizen advocacy. As a result of that advocacy, several of the candidates voiced their support for historic preservation and expressed their willingness to consider the establishment of a preservation ordinance.
In addition to candidate support, citizen pressure and advocacy convinced the current city council to revoke their support for state financial support of the downtown project that would require significant demolition. The reversal of the sitting council is a major victory for preservation and a reminder of the value of organized citizen advocacy.
Preservation Maryland remains supportive of the local preservationists who are now organizing an ad-hoc preservation group under the banner of “Better Brunswick.” From smarter growth decisions to preserving the downtown, the new group is an outgrowth of a panel discussion Preservation Maryland hosted in Brunswick in late 2017.