Renovating and Reinvigorating Historic Buildings

Public use for the public good

All of the properties purchased by the county will remain public assets until flood mitigation projects are complete. The county will undertake an analysis to determine the best public use for the buildings. Once partial demolition of structures over the stream channel is complete, the buildings will be renovated. 

The flood mitigation option selected by County Executive Ball as part of phase 2 of the Ellicott City Safe and Sound plan achieves the goal of prioritizing public safety while retaining more of Ellicott City's historic charm. The plan calls for the removal of 4 buildings on Main Street in order to complete critical capital projects and the partial removal of 6 additional buildings in order to remove constrictions over the stream channel.   

As promised, in December 2018 the county resumed negotiations with property owners who received an official purchase offer under the previous administration. To date, the county has acquired 10 properties on lower Main Street, 4 properties on the West End, and 2 properties in Valley Mede. Structural engineers have inspected buildings where needed. Stabilization efforts have been completed, including the removal of the rear of Caplan’s, preserving the historic character of the façade.

Acquisition and Demolition Update


Green = Buildings or rear additions to be demolished. Historical building components to be salvaged

Purple/Pink = Buildings that will remain.

Blue = Approximate location of active flowing stream


Acquisition Dates

December 2018

9513 Long View Drive

March 2019

8081 Main Street

August 2019

9514 Longview Drive

8611 Frederick Road

8512 Frederick Road

April 2020

8049 Main Street

9520 Longview Road

January 2021

9506 Longview Road

January 2019

8777 Frederick Road

April 2019

8085 Main Street

8095 & 8101 Main Street

8125 Main Street

9509 Long View Drive

October 2019

8055 Main Street

May 2020

8629 Frederick Road

February 2019

8069 Main Street

8109-8113 Main Street

May 2019

8059 Main Street

January 2020

8601 Frederick Road

August 2020

8639 Frederick Road

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