The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) has narrowed the potential third Chesapeake Bay bridge to three corridors, all of which originate in Anne Arundel County. Smart Growth Maryland supports the no-build option.
In a major win for the environment and smart growth, earlier this week the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) denied a controversial application to construct two utility-scale solar developments proposed for forested land in western Charles County.
SB741 signing in Annapolis, 2019.
RFP: Study of Redevelopment of Historic Government Complexes in Maryland
05/08/2019 By Elly Colmers Cowan
Thanks to a bill sponsored by Senator Katie Fry Hester, with language provided, in part, by Preservation Maryland, the Maryland Department of Planning is now seeking a qualified consultant to conduct a study to address the challenge of reusing large campuses of historic structures, such as Preservation Maryland’s Six-to-Fix project Glenn Dale Hospital in Prince George’s County.
Initially, SB741 would have created a waiver process for historic easements. After thoughtful conversation with Senator Hester, developers, and the Maryland Historical Trust, the bill was amended with language provided, in part, by Preservation Maryland to instead authorize a necessary study to address the challenge of reusing large campuses of historic structures.
OPEN RFP:From the RFP, “The purpose of this RFP is to obtain a qualified individual of firm (the “consultant”) to conduct a study on the redevelopment projects involving the preservation of historic campuses and complexes located within the State of Maryland that are or were owned by the federal government or by the state, and to offer recommendations for overcoming the challenges and obstacles to their redevelopment.” There will be a mandatory pre-proposal conference on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, with final proposals to be submitted no later than Monday, June 3, 2019.
There are numerous large, historic properties, either in state or federal ownership, or previously owned by the state or federal government, which languish due to deferred maintenance and a web of regulations and existing law. These are complex projects and their complexity continues to confound developers and government entities alike. In the case of properties still owned by the state, their carrying costs and maintenance costs Maryland taxpayers millions of dollars annually.
Aerial view of the Glenn Dale complex, 2009.
There is no one simple way of defining the potential universe of projects like this (although a future study could quickly do just that) – but there are dozens of potential sites (formerly state and federal installations) around Maryland that impact a bipartisan collection of districts. A quick dashboard-level review includes places such as:
Bainbridge Naval Training Center, Cecil County
Crownsville Hospital, Anne Arundel County
Fort Howard, Baltimore County
Fort Ritchie, Washington County
Glen Dale Hospital, Prince George’s County
Rosewood Hospital (recently sold to Stevenson University), Baltimore County
Springfield Hospital, Carroll County
Spring Grove Hospital Center, Baltimore County
Upper Shore Community Mental Health Center, Kent County
This list is far from comprehensive and does not take into account the many properties waiting to be surplused by state or federal government agencies.
There will be a mandatory pre-proposal conference on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, with final proposals to be submitted no later than Monday, June 3, 2019.