Cultural Resource Review

Cultural Resource Review

​The Maryland Department of Housing an​d Community Development finances thousands of projects annually that range from facade improvement programs on Main Street to large multi-family housing developments. The Department is committed to supporting our partners in the preservation of Maryland’s unique historic communities.


However, preservation of individual buildings is not always possible, and occasionally there is a need to remove blight, upgrade, or fulfill the highest and best use for the community as a whole.

In accordance with State and Federal law, the Department consults with the State Historic Preservation Office (the Maryland Historical Trust) to assess the impact our projects have on cultural resources. The Department works with our project partners to avoid, minimize, and mitigate harm to historic structures and archaeological sites in a process known as “Section 106 Review.” To learn more about this process, please visit the Maryland Historical Trust website​.

Current Projects Seeking Comment

The Department consults with the Maryland Historical Trust on hundreds of projects every year, but only a handful are determined to have an adverse effect on historic resources and require resolution. This page will be updated to provide information on select projects that the Department is currently soliciting public comment on. Your input will help the Department identify significant cultural resources that may be impacted, as well as guide the decision-making process on avoidance, minimization, and mitigation efforts.

The Residences at Railroad Square - Brunswick, Frederick County

Railroad Square - Brunswick

​The Residences at Railroad Square, a 45-unit mixed income project, is developed by a partnership of Taft-Mills Group, LLC and Interfaith Housing Alliance. Located in the center of downtown Brunswick Maryland, Railroad Square is ideally located adjacent to the Brunswick MARC train station. This location provides immediate access to a train line that takes passengers to Martinsburg, WV to the west and Washington DC to the east.

Project Site

Project Site

The department is soliciting public comment on The Residences at Railroad Square project until July 12, 2021. To provide comment, please complete and submit the Contact Form.

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