Restoration rules to be rewritten for district

February 10, 1999

Sykesville will rewrite regulations for restorations in its historic district with help from Baltimore consultants.

The town awarded the $12,750 bid to David H. Gleason Associates on Monday. The consultants will revise guidelines for the Historic District Commission, which relies on regulations written by the U.S. interior secretary.

"We felt it would be helpful to have guidelines tailored specifically for our historic district," said Matthew H. Candland, town manager.

The company offered the lowest of three bids for the project, which will take about six months to complete and will include several public workshops.

"The work will involve the public," said Candland. "We created the process to include the public."

The town will use a $7,500 grant from the Maryland Historic Trust and contribute a matching amount to pay for the project. Owners of the more than 200 buildings in the town's historic district would use the guidelines for restoration projects.

Each home and business owner in the district will receive a copy of the new guidelines, which officials expect to be about 75 pages.

Fire

Sykesville: Firefighters from Sykesville, Gamber and West Friendship (Howard County) responded at 6: 43 a.m. Monday to a house fire in the 7600 block of Schoolhouse Road. Units were out 39 minutes.

Pub Date: 2/10/99

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