The 2011 Top Ten Endangered Sites
A National Register Historic property built in 1735, Belmont was purchased in 2004 by Howard Community College. The college has abandoned plans for the property and has been unsuccessful in its attempts to secure a new buyer. The future of one of the most significant historic properties in the Maryland remains uncertain.
This late 1700's home in Rockburn Park has been stabilized, but the search for a public or private curator to establish an adaptive use of the building continues to be unsuccessful.
The home of Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, is a national treasure and is still threatened by development. A creative deal between the owners and the County that would ensure the survival of the historic core and preserve significant agricultural land has been delayed by an appeal, leaving the future of this site undetermined.
The Ellicott City Historic District
Listed by Preservation Maryland as one of the Top Eleven endangered sites in Maryland; the historic district is facing developmental pressures. The historic integrity of the town, which thrives on tourism dollars and an old town Main Street feel, is threatened by insensitive development. The creation of a county Historic Preservation Plan and revision to existing regulations are necessary to ensure the survival of this unique resource.
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Ellicott City Jail
This building in the heart of the city’s designated downtown historic district has great potential to be adapted for a public building or private business, but is now crumbling from years of neglect and sporadic use. No progress has been made on identifying an adaptive use for this unique structure.
The Greater Highland Crossroads Association (GHCA) is working with others in Western Howard County to produce a General Plan that will protect and invigorate their historic crossroads community established in 1759. A General Plan is needed that clearly encourages the revitalization of the village crossroads by promoting attractive, well-designed new residential development, by removing the potential for undesirable conditional uses from the zoning law, and by encouraging village crossroads to continue to provide goods and services to the local community.
Unregulated development, such as the new projects proposed at the site of the old Enchanted Forest motel and diner, risks the historic integrity of this designated National Road Scenic Byway, which was built in the early 1800's as the first federally planned and funded highway in the country. Today, this historic road, which started in Cumberland, Maryland, and connected the port of Baltimore with the Northwest Territories, is known in Howard County as Route 144.
Rouse Company Headquarters Building
The approved General Plan Amendment for Columbia Downtown recommends that the building be a part of Columbia’s future, but