Pikesville Armory To Be Looked at for Potential Redevelopment
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By Jonathan Munshaw, The Baltimore Business Journal, 9/5/17
Gov. Larry Hogan has established a new commission to look at potential redevelopment plans for the vacant Pikesville Armory.
The new commission, chaired by State Sen. Bobby Zirkin, will look at potential reuse options for the 14-acre site at 610 Reisterstown Road. Hogan signed an executive order on Monday creating the commission.
Hogan’s office said in a statement that the 114-year-old military complex “presents a unique opportunity for further development of a plan that could inspire new investment and engagement.”
In addition to Zirkin, the panel will also have several community members, including two from the group 1,000 Friends of Pikesville; two from the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce; Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond; five members from five separate community organizations in Pikesville; two members of the Pikesville Recreation Council and three additional members to be appointed by the governor.
The commission is tasked with presenting its recommendations for potential uses for the site to Hogan by Oct. 1, 2018.
The panel will consider “enhancing the arts, recreational opportunities, and other ideas,” Zirkin said in a statement.
The single-story building, constructed in 1903 as part of the National Guard’s expansion plan, is the second oldest armory in Maryland and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The 110th Field Artillery Regiment called the armory home for many years, until the unit was disbanded in 2009.
After that, the armory was turned into a community center and hosted some local events, but Zirkin said it still remains “underused.” The building has also been declared by the Maryland Military Department.