Smart Growth Maryland Director Appointed to City of Brunwick’s Preservation and Revitalization Committee

As a part of Smart Growth Maryland’s ongoing efforts to support community revitalization across the state, Kimberly Golden Brandt, the Director of the program was recently appointed to serve on the City of Brunswick’s Preservation and Revitalization Committee, which met for the first time on February 5, 2019.

Downtown Brunswick

Potomac Street, Brunswick, MD. Photo from Wikipedia.

The committee’s formation was the result of sustained advocacy by Preservation Maryland following several high-profile demolition proposals in the historic community. The new committee is tasked with creating a plan for protecting and preserving Brunswick’s rich historic and cultural resources.

Brunswick’s Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 for its contributions to the history of transportation in Maryland and the region. Brunswick was once a hub for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, which operated a sizable rail yard. Unfortunately, there is currently has no local legislation in place to protect the city’s historic resources from demolition or neglect.

Cities and towns in Maryland and throughout the country employ demolition ordinances, conservation districts, and local historic preservation districts to protect their historic resources. Brunswick’s Preservation and Revitalization Committee will consider a variety of preservation tools and ultimately recommend to the Mayor and City Council a course of action for protecting the city’s wealth of historic and cultural resources.

Smart Growth Maryland appreciates the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive effort to protect and enhance one of Maryland’s most delightful downtowns.

This was originally published here.

Smart Growth Maryland is a campaign of Preservation Maryland which advocates for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future that creates opportunities for all Marylanders through better development patterns.

Smart Growth Maryland was launched in 2018 when 1000 Friends of Maryland, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization merged into Preservation Maryland. This merger of activities resulted in increased efficiencies, bigger impacts and more donor dollars put towards the critical work of helping save historic places and growing smarter.

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