Ellicott City Project Advisory Committee

In April of 2021, County Executive Calvin Ball created the Ellicott City Project Advisory Committee. The committee will spend the next year providing feedback and input on three major improvement projects happening in Ellicott City:

Potential redevelopment of the historic courthouse: This summer, the County will vacate its current Circuit Courthouse at 8360 Court Avenue and relocate to the newly developed Circuit Courthouse. The County’s vacating of its historic Courthouse presents a unique reuse opportunity of the County-owned Courthouse and adjacent properties that have supported the Courthouse functions which has operated for more than 175 years. Responses to a Request for Information issued by the County at the beginning of March have been received. In addition, the County is pursuing a rezoning of the courthouse properties, which will be heard before the planning board on May 6th. A public meeting is expected to be held this summer.

Renovation and reuse of the six county-owned buildings on Main Street: In May of 2019, County Executive Ball announced that six of the ten buildings on Main Street previously slated for demolition would be preserved under the Ellicott City Safe and Sound plan. These six buildings were immediately stabilized for safety. The next step is to renovate and reoccupy the buildings. The buildings will remain under the county’s ownership until the entirety of the Safe and Sound flood mitigation plan has been implemented.


Redesign of Tiber Park: Later this year, the Maryland Avenue Culvert project is anticipated to break ground, ultimately changing the landscape of the lower end of Main Street. At the completion of the project, Tiber Park will be rebuilt in accordance with the policies outlined in the Ellicott City Watershed Master Plan, which was approved unanimously by the Howard County Council.

Advisory Committee Members


Because the three projects in question will impact many aspects of living and working in Ellicott City, it is important to include viewpoints from many different kinds of stakeholders. 

That's why the advisory committee is comprised of Ellicott City business owners, residents, stakeholder groups, and professionals with expertise in relevant areas. 


Committee members include:

  • Aaron Shapiro, Patapsco Heritage Greenway

  • Allison Krist, Ellicott City Resident

  • Amanda Hof, Howard County Tourism

  • Analisa Archer, Ellicott City Resident

  • Bert Wilson, The Energy Artisans

  • Chris Pineda, Ellicott City Partnership

  • David Benn, Quinn Evans

  • Esra Martin, Ewing Cole

  • John Shoemaker, Shoemaker Country

  • Julia Sanger, Park Ridge Creamery

  • Kathleen Flynn, Simple Gifts Massage Studio

  • Mary Catherine Cochran, Ellicott City Resident

  • Mojan Bagha, Main Street Oriental Rugs

  • Rob Brennan, Brennan and Co.

  • Roy Chernikoff, Ellicott City Resident

  • Shawn Gladden, Howard County Historical Society

  • Tara Simpson, Preservation Howard County

  • Vernon Thompson, Howard County Economic Development Authority

  • Wendy Pidel, Ellicott City Resident

Committee Meetings

All meetings will be held virtually at this time due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will be open to the public.

First Meeting

 Wednesday, May 12th at 5:00pm

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