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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 the county resumed negotiations with property owners who received an official purchase offer under the previous administration. To date, the county has acquired 8 properties on lower Main Street, 1 property on the West End, and 2 properties in Valley Mede. Negotiations are ongoing with other property owners. Structural engineers have inspected the buildings and deemed them stable with the exception of the back of Caplan's. The county will seek to demolish the back of Caplan's as soon as possible to preserve the historic character of the facade and ensure public safety.

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

KEY

Acquisition Dates

December 2018

9513 Long View Drive

March 2019

8081 Main Street

January 2019

8777 Frederick Road

April 2019

8085 Main Street

8095 & 8101 Main Street

8125 Main Street

9509 Long View Drive

February 2019

8069 Main Street

8109-8113 Main Street

May 2019

8059 Main Street

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