Historic Annapolis secures $107,000 from National Park Service to finish City Dock plan
Date: The Baltimore Sun, October 8, 2019, Brooks DuBose
The National Park Service is giving Historic Annapolis more than $100,000 in the first year of a five-year partnership to finish a plan that would guide City Dock revitalization projects.
The $107,000 award will be used to field more public input for the City Dock Consensus Plan and to conduct a feasibility study for remaking the historic Burtis House. The Burtis House study will explore ways to make the historic building more resilient to weather and rising sea levels. It also will study the potential of moving the Harbormaster’s office into the house.
More specific details from the plan will be announced on Oct. 29, said Historic Annapolis Board of Trustees Chairman William Kardash.
“Historic Annapolis and the City are doing truly innovative, collaborative work in re-envisioning the future of City Dock and we are proud to join the effort,” O’Sullivan said in a statement. “City Dock and the entire historic district are local and national treasures — true gateways to the Chesapeake Bay. We are thrilled to enter a long-term partnership for enhancing access to these treasures and telling the Chesapeake story.”
Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said in a statement “the City Council will get to work” on implementing plans from the partnership.
The Chesapeake Conservancy, which works with the National Park Service in maintaining and expanding the Chesapeake Bay Gateway Network, is also involved in the partnership.
“We’re thrilled to be part of this partnership which brings together the right leadership, creative talents, and innovative thinking to be successful," Chesapeake Conservancy President and CEO Joel Dunn wrote in a statement.
“(The partnership) is stimulated by a number things, one of them if not the major one is the tremendous collaboration effort between Historic Annapolis and the City to re-envision City Dock,” said Jonathan Doherty, assistant superintendent of the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office. “That creates an opportunity and a stimulus for how we can help and build on that.”
The funding for future years of the partnership has not yet been determined, as federal funding is typically done on a year-by-year basis, Doherty said.
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