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July 18, 2013
A dispute over zoning at the Annapolis City Dock may lead to unintended consequences detrimental to the long-term vitality of our community. In her column on July 12 ("Annapolis whiffs on City Dock again"), Susan Reimer called the Save Annapolis Coalition members some "fusty historic types," and although we are determined to maintain the architectural character and charm of our 300-year - old working maritime port, it's the future that we are focused on. The height and bulk of buildings in downtown Annapolis have been limited since 1967 to preserve an 18th century architectural scale, which is sometimes called a "human scale" and is what makes the city special; Annapolis is considered beautiful by its visitors and twice has been named one of America's most beautiful small towns by Forbes Magazine.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For the Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Three nautical miles from downtown Annapolis but seeming worlds away is the private peninsula where Mill and Burley creeks meet the Chesapeake Bay - and where 2077 Maidstone Farm Road, a nine-acre estate with 2,000 feet of waterfront, awaits its new owner. A Tudor-style home built of stucco in 1916 harks back to an era of elegant living. Touches of period craftsmanship outside and inside were provided by Italian artisans commissioned by the home's owner and builder, James Bowdoin, great-grandson of the founder of Bowdoin College in Maine.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
For years, Annapolis has had a holiday tradition of offering free parking downtown, signified by bags placed over the parking meters. But with new digital meters, there's no need for the bags. And that's leaving some drivers confused, said Rhonda Wardlaw, a spokeswoman for the city. "The red bags won't be there, but the two hours free parking will be," Wardlaw said. The meters have been reprogrammed to show that drivers will get two hours free. The two hours of free parking is in effect through Jan. 1 on Main Street, Francis Street, West Street, Maryland Avenue, Prince George Street, City Dock, Market Space and at the Donner Lot on Compromise Street.
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By Pamela Wood | June 9, 2014
Part of Main Street in downtown Annapolis will be closed Monday night for temporary repairs to a crosswalk. Annapolis public works crews will repair the crosswalk at Chancery Lane, near the Wheat clothing store and Ron George Jewelers, beginning at 7 p.m. Monday until 7 a.m. Tuesday. Workers will remove the bricks in the crosswalk and replace them with asphalt. Deep ruts have developed in the crosswalk and some bricks are loose. “Caution when crossing” signs have been posted, warning pedestrians of the uneven crosswalk surface.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2013
The latest debate over downtown Annapolis could come with a serving of fried chicken and a side of Western fries. City planning officials said this week that Royal Farms has expressed interest in moving into the former home of Stevens Hardware, at 142 Dock St. overlooking City Dock. A Royal Farms spokesman said he couldn't confirm the company's interest, saying the company's director of real estate was out of the office. But Jon Arason, Annapolis planning director, said the company approached the city about the Stevens building about two months ago. Bill Greenfield of Hyatt Commercial, leasing agent for the Stevens building, said he's fielded numerous calls from businesses interested in the property, which he called a "significant building on a high-profile corner.
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By Ariel Sabar and Ariel Sabar,SUN STAFF | May 2, 2003
Hundreds of workers in downtown Annapolis went home early yesterday after a midday power failure immobilized scores of businesses and government offices. Officials at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said water had seeped into an underground electrical box, disrupting power to buildings around West Street, Calvert Street and Church Circle. Power was restored to 96 percent of the affected customers by late afternoon. But BGE spokesman Steven Unglesbee said yesterday evening that the remaining 4 percent would have to wait until work crews found the source of the water, pumped it dry and repaired the electrical line.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | May 8, 1992
Two decades of change have left some of Annapolis' historic streets at risk of being overwhelmed by commercial traffic, a consultant has found.Frances Phipps, president of The Phipps Group, told residents of the historic district Wednesday night that the downtown now has at least four residential streets "under stress." She also said trees and flowers should replace the parking meters at City Dock to ease traffic congestion and upgrade the waterfront.The consultant has been working for six months with an ad-hoc committee studying the city's Ward 1. She and Eileen Fogarty, director of Planning and Zoning, briefed residents on the group's findings Wednesday night.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
The streets around City Dock in Annapolis flooded again Friday, closing the Spa Creek Bridge connecting the Eastport neighborhood with downtown for several hours. It was yet another reminder to Lisa Craig that she's in a race against time to protect one of Maryland's oldest communities from the rising waters of the Chesapeake Bay. "We've probably doubled the number of nuisance flooding events in the past several years," said Craig, director of historic preservation for the city of Annapolis.
NEWS
August 10, 2007
Annapolis Art Walk -- The Annapolis Gallery Association will present the 17th annual Annapolis Art Walk from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the galleries in downtown Annapolis. Twenty galleries will participate. Visual arts, crafts, live music and refreshments will be included. The event will be held rain or shine. 410-267-7077.
NEWS
October 24, 1995
Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins postponed a vote yesterday on whether to legalize sidewalk cafes downtown because of an alderman's illness.Louise Hammond, who represents the historic district, could not attend the meeting because of bronchitis and an ear infection, city officials said.The vote has been delayed until Nov. 13 because the sidewalk cafe legislation deals solely with Ms. Hammond's ward. The expected approval of the measure will end a year of debate and make sidewalk cafes permanent in downtown Annapolis.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
Royal Farms will go before the Annapolis Board of Appeals on Tuesday for a review of its plan to open a store at City Dock. Royal Farms wants to open in the former home of Stevens Hardware at 142 Dock St. in downtown Annapolis. The Baltimore-based company is seeking approval of a special zoning exception that would allow for a delicatessen in the building. Royal Farms has argued that its concept for the Annapolis store would be a deli, as opposed to a convenience store. Convenience stores are not allowed under the zoning restrictions in the historic district.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
The streets around City Dock in Annapolis flooded again Friday, closing the Spa Creek Bridge connecting the Eastport neighborhood with downtown for several hours. It was yet another reminder to Lisa Craig that she's in a race against time to protect one of Maryland's oldest communities from the rising waters of the Chesapeake Bay. "We've probably doubled the number of nuisance flooding events in the past several years," said Craig, director of historic preservation for the city of Annapolis.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
A popular living choice for retiring baby boomers is fast becoming what's known as "55-plus" communities. Such an option is found in a lovely Colonial-style home in the pet-friendly Highland Woods development, just minutes from Main Street in Annapolis, at 714 Darlow Drive. Priced at $539,000, this two-story, vinyl-sided home with a basement is one of just 25 built in the suburban neighborhood and faces a community park. "I like the home's open floor plan that some people call the 'open concept,'" said listing agent Wilma Richards with Long and Foster Real Estate's Annapolis office.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
Sunday, April 27 Veterans event VFW Post 160 in Glen Burnie will host a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with music by Jerry and the Heartaches. Monday, April 28 Photo club The Digital Photography Club of Annapolis meets at 7 p.m. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Wayne Bierbaum will make a presentation on "Bird Photography. " Information: 410-267-0461 or digitalphotoclub.net. Wednesday, April 30 Flower mart The Four Rivers Garden Club will hold its annual Flower Mart from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Market House in downtown Annapolis.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
Welcoming bars are nothing new in downtown Annapolis, and restaurants that celebrate southern food and Prohibition's repeal are nothing new anywhere anymore. But Dry 85, which opened on Main Street on the first day of 2014, combines all those things, creating something that is fun and surprisingly fresh. With a smart drinks list and food that is, for the most part, very good, it's a welcome addition the street. Scene & Decor The name Dry 85 refers to Washington D.C.'s 85 booze-free days between the repeal of Prohibition and the repeal of the Sheppard Act, which outlawed alcoholic beverages in the capital.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
Royal Farms kept its proposal for a downtown Annapolis store alive following a hearing before the city's Board of Appeals Tuesday night. Royal Farms had applied for a special zoning exception to allow a deli in the former home of Stevens Hardware at 142 Dock St., but city planners declined to forward the application to the appeals board. In a letter sent to the company last month, Acting Planning Director Sally Nash said the proposed Royal Farms is a convenience store - which is not allowed in the historic district - rather than a deli, which is allowed with a special zoning exception.
NEWS
November 18, 2001
Parking in downtown Annapolis will be free for holiday shoppers from Friday through Jan. 2. The program provides free parking at meters on City Dock, Market Space, Main Street, Francis Street, West Street, Maryland Avenue, Prince George Street and the Donner lot, adjacent to Fawcett's on Compromise Street. Though the parking is free, the meters' time limits will be enforced. For longer parking, visitors can park in the Hillman or Gotts Court garages, and many downtown merchants can validate parking for up to four hours.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | January 4, 1999
The way Tom Davies tells it, the quintessential American Main Street existed for decades just blocks from his downtown Annapolis home.Everybody in town walked to Rookie's grocery store near the City Dock to buy Thanksgiving turkeys, up Main Street to Rite Aid for aspirin, and hardware and clothing stores -- even a gas station -- were among businesses downtown that provided day-to-day essentials.Last month, a final vestige of that small-town past disappeared when Rite Aid shut down after 21 years in downtown Annapolis.
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By Samantha Iacia and For The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
Location: The center of Anne Arundel County, bordered by Millersville to the north, Severna Park and the Severn River to the east, Annapolis to the south and Gambrills to the west. Average property listing price: Current homes for sale in Crownsville reach up to $3,495,000, with the average list price being $798,261, says Melissa Held Marsden, an associate broker for Hoffman Real Estate Inc., based in Crownsville. Population: 1,757 at the time of the 2010 census, says Marsden.
FEATURES
By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2013
A historic waterfront property sitting on nine acres, high on a bluff with a panoramic view of Annapolis, along with a circa 1840 manor home and farmhouse, are packaged in one bundle known as Severn Side Farm, listed at $5.3 million. For the buyer needing just a little more space, three adjacent lots, which in combination with the main property total nearly 30 acres, can also be purchased for an additional $7.8 million. "The property offers a serene setting with lots of privacy and is a seven-minute drive by boat or car to downtown Annapolis," said listing agent Anne Harrington of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
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