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Millions of tax credits awarded for historic buildings in Baltimore City, County

Fidelity Building in downtown Baltimore
Ford Building on West Baltimore Street
 Markley Building on Harford Road
Heinz Riverside Abbattoir in south Baltimore
Upton Mansion on West Lanvale Street
Groff's Mill in Owings Mills
Long Green Farm Barn at Boordy Vineyards
Plinlimmon Farm in Owings Mills
Posted at 1:16 PM, Nov 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-01 13:16:18-04

BALTIMORE — The state of Maryland is giving more than $12.4 million in tax credits to revitalize historic buildings in Baltimore City and County. That's composed of $11.6 million for the city, and about $914,000 for the county.

The credits include $5 million toward the Fidelity Building on Charles Street downtown, and $2.5 million to rebuild a vacant property on Harford Road near Grindon Avenue in Lauraville called the Markley Building.

It's part of an award from the Maryland Historical Trust, which is giving a total of more than $19 million in revitalization tax credits to 16 projects statewide.

Awards for Baltimore City include:

  • $5 million to turn the Fidelity Building high-rise on North Charles Street to a commercial and residential space (estimated total cost of $45 million)
  • $2.5 million to turn the vacant Markley Building on Harford Road in Lauraville into "a mix of retail and office space for locally-owned shops, artisans, and eateries." (estimated total cost of $10 million)
  • $2.1 million to turn the Ford Building, on West Baltimore Street in the Union Square-Hollins Market area, into "a mixed-use live-work art center" with retail and homes for "workers, entrepreneurs, and artists." (estimated total cost of $10.5 million)
  • $1.8 million to turn Upton Mansion on West Lanvale Street into a home for Afro Charities and research center for the AFRO American Newspaper Archives (total estimated cost of $7.2 million)
  • $181,287.29 to turn the former Heinz Riverside Abbattoir slaughterhouse on South Light Street into a mixed-use food hall, market, and office space (total estimated cost of $8.3 million)

Awards for Baltimore County include:

  • $220,000 to turn Groff's Mill, off of Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills, into event and office space, as well as rehab the mill and brick home (estimated total cost of $1.1 million)
  • $400,000 to upgrade the Long Green Farm Barn, part of Boordy Vineyards on Long Green Pike (estimated total cost of $2 million)
  • $182,464 to turn Glen Arm Station, on Glen Arm Road, into a coffee shop and "community anchor to the Long Green Valley" (estimated total cost of $912,320)
  • $112,000 to rehab Plinlimmon Farm, off of Lyons Mill Road in Owings Mills, to accommodate office space (estimated total cost of $560,000)

Gov. Larry Hogan said the tax credits "will breathe new life into our communities and towns,” and state Planning Secretary Rob McCord said in a statement:

“The preservation of these historic sites enhances our state’s history and encourages projects that support the enjoyment of our state’s history, culture, and scenic beauty.”