- Despite the fact that 3 of the 4 who testified at the hearing presented information indicating the detrimental affects the proposed restrictions have caused & expect to continue to cause, the commission voted unanimously to pass both.
Now the proposals go on to the Housing Commission for approval and if that is given, onto the Baltimore City Council for a vote. That is, unless an appeal is filed within 30 days.
- Hearing was rescheduled for May 12, 2009 @ 2pm
Department of Planning, 417 E. Fayette Street in the 8th floor Phoebe Stanton Conference Room
- The April 14 hearing was canceled due to a need for the commission to confer with the Legal Department regarding a “procedural matter”. There are conflicting reports as to whether this was directly related to The Senator matter or not, but given sources that say it was, we’re more inclined to believe that was the case.
Below is a copy of the CHAP proposal. It’s interesting to note that:
- NO OTHER interior space has ever had this, much less to a privately-owned space!
- According to information on the CHAP site, the owner of a property must apply for a designation, this was not the case for The Senator!
- The announcement of CHAP’s intentions scared off a TWO potential investors, either of whom could have saved the theatre!
- A commissioner (“Buzz” Cusack) has expressed interest in the theatre property (he did not attend/vote the rescheduled meeting, however), another, Robert Embry was the head of the Abell Foundation when it planned to foreclose on the theatre & also has ties to a prominent Baltimore developer who has expressed interest in running the theatre (Mr. Embry chose to obstain when the proposals came to a vote).
So, the questions are who initiated this, why have they done so, and how this can be done to privately-owned public property and if they can do this without the owner’s consent, why NOW?!
Please note, the hearing is a public meeting. According to CHAPS rules:
“Any person is entitled to appear and be heard by the Commissioners before it reaches a decision on any matter.”
NOTIFICATION OF PROPOSED BALTIMORE CITY
PUBLIC INTERIOR LANDMARK AND PUBLIC INTERIOR SPECIAL LIST DESIGNATION:
Please be advised that the Baltimore City Commission for Historical & ArchitecturalPreservation (CHAP) will consider Baltimore City Public Interior Landmark and Public Interior Special List designation of the following at a Public Hearing to be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. The Public Hearing will be held in the Phoebe Stanton Conference Room of the Department of Planning, 8th Floor, 417 E. Fayette Street. The Hearing schedule is as follows:
1:30 PM The Senator Theatre 5904 York Road
At the hearing, the Commission will consider the historical and architectural significance of the public interior in making this determination.
Baltimore City Public Interior Landmark designation becomes effective upon the approval of CHAP, the Planning Commission and the Baltimore City Council. Once a property is designated as a City Public Interior Landmark, interior changes made to the property will require the approval of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation.
Upon placement on the Public Interior Special List by CHAP, interior changes made to the property are subject to CHAP review. If the Commission determines that proposed plans are inappropriate, the Commissioner of Housing postpones the issuance of a permit for a period not to exceed six months in order to allow CHAP to meet with the applicant and consult civic groups, public agencies and interested parties to ascertain what the City may do to preserve such interior.
Please contact the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation at (410) 396-4866 regarding any questions concerning this public hearing or the Public Interior Landmark and Public Interior Special List Designation process.