Preservation Maryland’s Executive Director Nicholas Redding spoke with Sheila Kast from WYPR 88.1fm on October 7, 2016 about the preservation-sensitive recovery and rebuilding efforts happening in historic Ellicott City since the July 2016 flood.

He was joined by Jennifer Johnson, owner of 8111-8113 Main Street, two of the City’s oldest storefronts that were severely damaged but saved thanks to Preservation Maryland and partners’ quick response and emergency stabilization. No buildings have been demolished since the July flood in Ellicott City.

Image of Jennifer Johnson, owner of 8111-8113 area of Ellicott City, with the Structural Group.

Jennifer Johnson, owner of 8111-8113 with a representative of the Structural Group during emergency stabilization, August 2016. (Photo Credit: Patapsco Heritage Greenway)


“Ellicott City’s historic Main Street reopened yesterday. It’s been closed since flooding devastated the area in July. One of the challenges property owners face is rebuilding in a way that meets the requirement of the historic district. We talk to Jennifer Johnson, owner of two storefronts that were saved from demolition, and Nicholas Redding, executive director of Preservation Maryland.”