Governor Wes Moore recently announced $63.7 million in Fiscal Year 2024 awards for seven state revitalization programs administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. The awards to county and municipal governments, community development organizations, and other community institutions and partners will fund 219 projects and activities that directly support local revitalization goals.   

“The revitalization of spaces across Maryland is always reason to celebrate,” said Nicholas Redding, president & CEO of Preservation Maryland. “In addition to the economic development and job production throughout the state, this funding will help preserve historic structures, fight blight, create affordable housing, and revitalize communities in the process. Preservation Maryland is pleased to see the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development allocate this funding to communities across Maryland for this important work.”

Nicholas Redding, president & CEO, Preservation maryland

Among the awards are projects long-championed and otherwise supported by Preservation Maryland, namely the Mount Airy Flat Iron Building in Carroll County, the Boyer “War Wounds” House in Washington County, and the Packing House in Dorchester County.

  • Mount Airy Flat Iron Building in Carroll County $150,000 Heritage Fund grantee and Preservation Maryland advocacy Earlier this year the Mount Airy Town Council voted to preserve the iconic Flat Iron Building. 
  • The Boyer “War Wounds” House in Washington County $100,000 Preservation Maryland technical assistance The structure received its moniker due to the still visible damage sustained from artillery fire during the Battle of Antietam to the exterior brick façade, second-floor landing and railing, and various window frames. The home nevertheless remained in one piece and sheltered many members of the same family through the generations, giving it a chance to reach SHAF with its marks of history untouched and still telling their story. Preservation Maryland is partnering with the Town of Sharpsburg and Save Historic Antietam Foundation to protect and adapt the historic house.
  • The Packing House in Dorchester County $300,000 a previous six-to-fix project our partners at the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and Cross Street Partners collaborated on this major rehabilitation project that revitalized the Cannery District of Cambridge, Md. 

Also of note, Brunswick Main Street Inc. and the City of Brunswick also received funding for the continuation of the Brunswick Main Street Facade & Interior Improvement Grant Program and interior improvements to the historic train station in Downtown Brunswick, respectively. Preservation Maryland is partnering with the City of Brunswick to protect and adapt the historic Berlin House (aka Snoots House) in downtown Brunswick. In support of this mission, the City’s current plan for the Berlin House envisions adapting the structure into a community heritage venue that will serve as adjunct interpretive space for the Brunswick Heritage Museum.