This article was originally published in the Howard County Times on August 30th, 2016 and can be found here.
By Fatimah Waseem. Photo credit: Fatimah Waseem / Baltimore Sun Media Group.
Nonprofit Preservation Maryland, the state’s major preservation organization, will set-up a resource center on Main Street for nine months to help businesses and residents preserve the historic character of old Ellicott City nearly one month after a major flood swept through the historic district.
The move reaffirms the county’s commitment to maintain old Ellicott City’s historic character and rebuild the historic district, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said Tuesday afternoon.
Maryland Preservation’s executive director, Nicholas Redding, said Tuesday the organization will use “creative and innovative” techniques to ensure modern flood mitigation and stormwater management will align with the organization’s standards for preservation.
“We’ve also lost a lot of [historic] fabric. … Pieces of storefronts have been missing. There are some things that are going to have to be restored and replaced in some cases,” Redding said.
The resource center will act as a “one stop shop” to connect people with resources, contractors, consultants and engineers as they rebuild.
The historic district’s historic charm is an integral draw of the area and must be preserved, Redding and Kittleman said Tuesday.
“Its history, its character, its charm is a part of this place,” Redding said. “It wouldn’t be Ellicott City moving forward if that history and character weren’t a part of its future.”
Property and business owners and residents impacted by the flood can also apply for state historic rehabilitation tax credits, Redding said. The center, which will cost $100,000 to operate, will help people navigate available resources, Redding said. Operating costs will be paid for through donations.
Kittleman also announced the county will accept nominations to honor “heroes” during the night of the flood. Nominations for recognition are open at howardcountymd.gov/ECNomination