Live Downtown Frederick Housing Symposium (Friday evening, April 28)

Downtown Frederick Partnership is working towards a goal of welcoming 335 new residents to Downtown Frederick by 2020. Reusing, adapting and growing the Downtown Frederick building stock is the sustainable path the Partnership plans to take. More residents bring more business, making Downtown Frederick an even better place to live (see the Partnership’s Strategic Plan for more info).

To achieve this goal, the Partnership reached out to engineers, builders, real estate agents, government staff and other professionals to learn about the incentives and disincentives to creating more housing in Downtown Frederick. The Live Downtown Frederick Housing Symposium will include a presentation on the lessons learned in analyzing the current process to create housing in Downtown Frederick, a draft agenda for the path forward and a speaker’s panel to discuss the ideas raised during the symposium. All interested parties are welcome and invited to attend.


The morning will begin with a continental breakfast and networking from 7:30AM to 8:00AM. At 8:00AM, the symposium with kick off with a lessons learned analysis of current process to create housing in Downtown Frederick.

The lessons learned portion of the morning will include a presentation of five case studies that each show a common residential development pattern in Downtown Frederick. The analysis is a result of the work of both Seth Harry, Seth Harry & Associates, and Dave Ager, Townscape Design. These case studies will show how the current process makes these housing goals either more or less likely to be achieved. The analysis also will include a discussion of possible policy changes that could help to incentivize the type of housing envisioned for Downtown Frederick.

Finally, the morning will conclude with a speaker’s panel that will feature Kate Kuranda, R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates; Chris Smariga, Harris Smariga & Associates; Jason Wiley, Elm Street Development; and Bruce Zavos, Zavos Architecture + Design. The panel will discuss the possible policy changes and their potential impact in Downtown Frederick.


In anticipation of the Partnership’s 25th Anniversary in 2015, the organization undertook a strategic planning process in FY14. While Downtown Frederick is highly successful, the Partnership’s leadership believes that Downtown Frederick holds far greater potential than reached to date. The purpose of the strategic planning process was to identify the critical projects that are necessary to take Downtown Frederick to the next level in the next five years.

The five focus areas of the Strategic Plan include Live Downtown, Work Downtown, Stay Downtown, Play Downtown and Connect Downtown. Of these five, both stakeholder input and Partnership committee feedback point to the critical importance of Live Downtown and the need to place significant energy towards achieving this Strategic Plan goal.


Founded in 1990 as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, Downtown Frederick Partnership works to enhance, promote and preserve the vitality and economic viability of Downtown Frederick by implementing the national Main Street Program for the benefit of Frederick businesses, residents and visitors.

Working with business and community leaders, the Partnership oversees the work of four active committees including: the Business Development Committee which works to support existing businesses and recruit new businesses where necessary, the Design Committee which focuses on the downtown streetscape, policy advocacy and long-term planning, the Organization Committee which raises funds as well as recruits and thanks volunteers and the Promotion Committee which promotes, programs and brands Downtown Frederick.

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