Maryland Historical Trust

New report calls on Howard to pause plans to raze historic Ellicott City buildings

New report calls on Howard to pause plans to raze historic Ellicott City buildings

A nonprofit that opposes Howard County’s five-year flood mitigation plan has released a third-party engineering report that implores the county to consider alternatives to razing buildings in flood-prone Ellicott City.

County Executive Allan Kittleman this week signed legislation to partially fund a $50 million project to remove 13 buildings from the historic downtown to help protect the area from damage caused by major floods.

The new report, conducted by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger for Preservation Maryland, said the county has not “fully vetted” flood mitigation strategies that address safety and preserving the historic town.

The firm recommends the county enlist...

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