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New director appointed to head Baltimore's historic preservation

Baltimore has a new historical and architectural preservation leader.

The city Department of Planning announced Friday that Eric Holcomb has been appointed to serve as the new director of the Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation.

Holcomb, who worked for the commission as a preservation planner since 1994, replaces the longtime director Kathleen Kotarba. She retired in March.

In his new role, Holcomb also will serve as division chief for the planning department's historical and architectural preservation. The division's responsibilities include administration of the city's historic tax credit program and reviewing permit applications for renovations and new development in local historic districts.

Holcomb was selected following a nationwide search.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she's "confident that with Mr. Holcomb's leadership, we will continue to build on CHAP's legacy, and grow the city in new and exciting ways that highlight our rich array of historic neighborhoods and our vibrant, walkable commercial districts."

Holcomb, who lives in the city, earned a bachelor's degree from Saint Mary's College of Maryland and a master's in historic preservation from Boston University.

He is expected to take over as director on Sept. 1.

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