Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to Hold Public Hearing Over Expansion of Canal Place Heritage Area

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016 on a request to enlarge the boundaries of the Canal Place Heritage Area (www.canalplace.org) to include the Greene St. National Register Historic District, portions of the Canada/Viaduct Survey District, Candoc & Mason Recreational District/Riverside area of the C&O Canal Preservation District within the City of Cumberland. The Canal Place Heritage Area was the first Certified Heritage Area in Maryland , created in 1993 by State legislation. The locally-based Canal Place Preserva...
Preservation Maryland and Institute for Justice Issue Joint Letter to Cumberland Mayor and Council

Organizations Ask Cumberland Mayor and Council to Disavow Use of Eminent Domain and Embrace Alternative Vision for Rolling Mill Development  In a letter addressed to Cumberland Mayor Brian K. Grim and the City Council, local homeowners, the Institute for Justice and Preservation Maryland called on the City to formally disavow the use of eminent domain and embrace an alternative vision. The letter to Mayor Grim also referenced a “letter of intent” between the City of Cumberland and PTV Capital Partners (PennTex Ventures) which was released by the City in the course of a recent Public...
Appalachian Ballet Theatre to Present Lighthearted Comic Ballet

 Appalachian Ballet Theatre will present two performances of La Fille Mal Gardée on Saturday, June 4 at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 5 at 2:00pm at the Allegany High School, Cumberland Maryland. La Fille Mal Gardée loosely translated means “The Wayward Daughter,” is a lighthearted comic ballet that takes place in France during the harvest season. The ballet is full of intricate and colorful folk and ribbon dances. La Fille Mal Gardée is about a girl name Lise, and her widowed mother’s attempt to arrange her daughter's marriage to Alain, a very unusual, but extremely rich suitor. Ala...
Call In Discussion on Rolling Mill: Institute for Justice and Preservation Maryland to Participate

If you're interested in learning more about the situation facing residents in the Rolling Mill Neighborhood targed for redevelopment by the City of Cumberland,  please consider joining us this Thursday evening,  5/19,  at 7 pm for a 15-minute telephone forum with Rolling Mill homeowners, Preservation Maryland and the Institute for Justice. Just dial (301) 264-8110, toll free, and you will be connected to a live panel discussion about our efforts to protect private property rights in Cumberland. Please help us spread the word. And don't forget to attend our Block Party this Saturday on Emily St. from 11AM to 3 PM.
Save Our Homes Alliance and Institute for Justice to Host Rolling Mill Block Party

Rescheduled for  Sunday Due to Forecasted Rain  The Save Our Homes Alliance of Rolling Mill is teaming up with the Institute for Justice to host a "blighted" block party Sunday, May 22, from 11am to 3pm. The event, which features games, music and food, provides the public with an opportunity to meet the residents fighting to remain in their homes and tour the neighborhood. To date, the City of Cumberland, working closely with the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation, has purchased what they claim to be  about 70 percent of the properties in the currently targeted area...
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Preservation Maryland and Institute for Justice Issue Joint Letter to Cumberland Mayor and Council PDF Print E-mail
Written by Preservation Maryland   
Thursday, 19 May 2016 21:07

Organizations Ask Cumberland Mayor and Council to Disavow Use of Eminent Domain and Embrace Alternative Vision for Rolling Mill Development

Rolling Mill In a letter addressed to Cumberland Mayor Brian K. Grim and the City Council, local homeowners, the Institute for Justice and Preservation Maryland called on the City to formally disavow the use of eminent domain and embrace an alternative vision.

The letter to Mayor Grim also referenced a “letter of intent” between the City of Cumberland and PTV Capital Partners (PennTex Ventures) which was released by the City in the course of a recent Public Information Act inquiry. In the letter, the city flatly stated that “[t]he City has the power of eminent domain . . . and intends to utilize these powers to acquire the Properties for economic development.” The chilling statement comes after months of city and CEDC officials denying any interest or willingness to use eminent domain for this use.

Fortunately, there are sound alternatives to this divisive and unnecessary project. Several of those alternatives were included in a report prepared by Preservation Maryland, including opportunities for sensitive infill development, nearby opportunities for larger commercial growth, and innovative workforce housing options which could be embraced by the City.

Following the release of the letter, the Coalition also held a telephone town hall Thursday evening that reached hundreds of Cumberland City residents. The message of the call was that the homeowners and organizations are willing to work with the Mayor and City Council to draft an alternative plan that strikes a compromise and involves no eminent domain takings.

Preservation Maryland Executive Director Nicholas Redding explained,

“We see this as an opportunity to work with the City of Cumberland to find a way to balance new growth while still respecting Cumberland’s history and heritage. It’s up to the Mayor and City Council to end this divisiveness and respond to our honest and reasonable request.”

To read the letter in full view: http://preservationmaryland.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Joint-Statement-on-Maryland-Avenue-Project.pdf

To see the alternatives proposed by Preservation Maryland visit: http://preservationmaryland.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Feasible-Alternatives-to-Cumberland-Demolitions.pdf

 
 
 
Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to Hold Public Hearing Over Expansion of Canal Place Heritage Area PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Leyh   
Thursday, 19 May 2016 21:12

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016 on a request to enlarge the boundaries of the Canal Place Heritage Area (www.canalplace.org) to include the Greene St. National Register Historic District, portions of the Canada/Viaduct Survey District, Candoc & Mason Recreational District/Riverside area of the C&O Canal Preservation District within the City of Cumberland.

The Canal Place Heritage Area was the first Certified Heritage Area in Maryland , created in 1993 by State legislation. The locally-based Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority manages the heritage area which is comprised of approximately 395 acres in the City of Cumberland. Certified Heritage Areas foster partnerships between governments, businesses and nonprofit organizations to promote more livable and economically sustainable communities. They preserve and celebrate Maryland’s history, cultural traditions, and natural areas through grants, loans, tax credits and other tools.

WHAT:    Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Public Hearing on the proposal to enlarge the Canal Place Heritage Area in the City of Cumberland.

WHEN:        6 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016

WHERE:    Allegany Museum, 2nd Floor
3 Pershing Street, Cumberland , MD 21502
Tel: (301) 777-7200
Website: www.alleganymuseummd.org

WHO:    Local government officials, heritage resource organizations, tourism industry representatives, business and property owners, and others who are interested in the proposal to enlarge the boundaries of the Canal Place Heritage Area in the City of Cumberland.

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority is an independent unit of state government that operates in the Maryland Department of Planning. For more information, visit the website at http://mht.maryland.gov/heritageareas.shtml or telephone (410) 514-7685

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