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.
Preservation Maryland Co-Hosts the 28th Annual Environmental Legislative Summit in Annapolis
01/26/2022 By Preservation Maryland
On January 25th more than 500 Marylanders from around the state virtually attended the 28th Annual Environmental Legislative Summit in Annapolis, co-hosted by Preservation Maryland, in support of the environmental community’s legislative agenda for the 2022 general assembly session.
Ensuring an environmentally sustainable future for Maryland
Through our Smart Growth Maryland program, Preservation Maryland works to ensure an environmentally sustainable future for all Marylanders and we were honored to cohost an event that showcased how powerful grassroots advocacy can be. We will be working with our partners in the Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment to pass bold legislation that takes action on climate change, protects future generations from toxic “forever chemicals,” and reinforces the fact that environmental rights are civil rights.
Advocates outlined this year’s environmental legislative agenda, including the Environmental Human Rights Amendment, a priority item for Preservation Maryland’s advocacy team. This amendment to the Maryland Constitution would establish that every person has an inalienable right to a healthful environment, including the preservation, protection, and enhancement of ecological, scenic, and historic values of the environment. Other priorities include comprehensive climate legislation, restricting the use and disposal of toxic PFAs that are contaminating our waters and putting Maryland families at risk, and ensure that the budget prioritizes the environment and environmental justice.
Preservation Maryland’s advocacy team is also fighting for a wide variety of smart growth and environmental legislation, including the Great Maryland Outdoors Act, which represents the greatest investment in Maryland’s State Parks ever. This legislation comes in response to recommendations from the State Parks Investment Commission, which Preservation testified in front of, and will include robust funding for the preservation of resources owned by the Department of Natural Resources.
Preservation Maryland is Maryland’s first and largest organization dedicated to preserving the state’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, and archaeological sites.