The Maryland Department of Housing and 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.
Harford Estates 1213-1237 Harford Avenue, Baltimore City
The Department of Housing and Community Development awarded a grant to the City of Baltimore to assist with the redevelopment of 1213-1237 Harford Avenue. The site, consisting of 7 vacant buildings and 5 vacant lots, is located within the Old East Baltimore National Register Historic District.
Five of the structures are late 19th Century rowhomes, and two structures are former industrial buildings dating from the late 19th Century with 20th Century alterations. All seven buildings are in derelict condition and beyond repair.
Following demolition, the developer will pursue financing for construction of Harford Estates, a 67-unit housing development that will serve residents making 80% of the Area Median Income. Plans for the new development have not yet been developed and there is no timeline for construction. After the buildings are cleared, the ground will be leveled and seeded in preparation for future development.
The department is soliciting public comment on the proposed demolition of Harford Estates at 1213-1237 Harford Avenue, Baltimore City, until Thursday, April 14, 2022. To provide comment, please complete and submit the