September CHAP Hearing Update: Mount Vernon Place Restoration Master Plan

This post is the first is a monthly series discussing the hearing agenda for the Baltimore Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation.

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On September 13 at 1:45 PM, the Baltimore Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation will hold a public hearing on the Mount Vernon Place Draft Restoration Master Plan. The plan was commissioned by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, a nonprofit established in 2008 to establish a public-private partnership with the City of Baltimore to restore and maintain Mount Vernon Place. Following a competitive process in 2009, MVPC selected Philadelphia landscape architecture firm OLIN to create the Mount Vernon Place Restoration and Revitalization Master Plan. The Master Plan is designed to serve as “the guiding document informing the fundraising and restoration of Mount Vernon Place to be completed before its bicentennial in July 2015.” The plan addresses a wide range of issues including the restoration of existing historic fabric, pedestrian access & safety, landscaping, lighting and infrastructure. You can download a PDF copy of the summary of the Mount Vernon Place Restoration and Revitalization Master Plan here.

Additional items on the agenda for September 13 include concept design reviews in the Fells Point Historic District and a hardship appeal proposing the installation of vinyl windows in the Mount Royal Terrace Historic District. The full agenda appears below.

CHAP Agenda
September 13, 2010
Regular Session

12:00 Noon | Briefing Session
Chairman’s Report, Committee Reports, Staff Report

1:30 PM | Public Hearing
Minutes-August 10, 2010
Update of CHAP Policies: City-owned property review & Special List

1:45 PM | Plans Review Mount Vernon Place (Baltimore City Landmark, Baltimore City Historic District, National Historic Landmark District)
Plan: Concept review of Mount Vernon Place Restoration Master Plan as prepared by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy.
Lance Humphries, Chair, Restoration Committee, Mount Vernon Place Conservancy.
Olin, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, Landscape Architects.
City of Baltimore, owner.
Brigitte Fessenden, Eric Holcomb and Stacy Montgomery, Staff Presenters.

3:15 PM | 402 S. Bond Street (Fells Point Historic District)
Plan: Construct rear additions-Review of Revised Concept design.
St. Vincent De Paul of Baltimore, applicant.
Matthew Compton, Murphy and Dittenhafer, Architects.
Eddie Leon, Staff Presenter.

3:45 PM | 700-726 South Ann Street (Four Bay House Baltimore City Landmark & Fells Point Historic District)
Plan: Rehabilitate Four Bay House and construct new housing on vacant lots-Review of Concept design.
School House Properties, owner/developer/applicant.
Michael Burton, Urban Design Group LLC, Architect.
Eddie Leon, Staff Presenter

4:30 PM | 601 Reservoir Street (Historic Mount Royal Terrace District)
Plan: Replace windows on front façade with vinyl windows. Hardship appeal.
Paul Bennett, Owner.
Eric Holcomb, Staff Presenter.

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