The Future Use of the Pikesville Armory Property: An Exciting Opportunity
A Message From Bobby
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I am excited to announce a great opportunity in the continuing revitalization of the Pikesville community. As you may know, the historic Pikesville Armory property has been transitioned from the National Guard to surplus, and now sits vacant. Today, Governor Larry Hogan announced that he will sign an Executive Order forming the Commission on the Future Use of the Pikesville Armory to review potential ways to utilize this important site. Seeing the unique opportunity that the Armory presented for our community, I reached out to the Governor for his assistance. I am honored that the Governor has asked me to lead as Chairman of this Commission.
The Pikesville Armory (“The Armory”), located at 610 Reisterstown Rd, was originally built in 1903 as part of the National Guard’s 20th Century reorganization and expansion. It is the second oldest armory in the state of Maryland and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
The Armory sits on over 14 acres of beautiful scenic grounds and historic structures. In the past, it acted as an important community gathering place including hosting Presidential candidates, craft fairs, dances, and other public events. Today, the property remains underused, in the center of a thriving community, full of potential. The Armory property presents a unique opportunity for development of a plan that could inspire further investment and engagement in the historic community of Pikesville and provide an important cultural and community resource.
The commission will have fifteen members with a range of relevant experience, interests, and diversity. The commission will consult with stakeholders in the Pikesville community and individuals with relevant expertise concerning the potential future uses of the Armory property including the 1000 Friends of Pikesville, the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce, and surrounding communities. The commission intends to hold meetings around Pikesville which will be open and accessible to the general public for creative suggestions and ideas.
The Commission will recommend options for the future use of the Armory property to be presented to the Governor no later than October 1, 2018. The options will be consistent with the Armory’s designation as a member of the National Register of Historic Places.
I am excited to help lead this important process for the future of the Pikesville Armory site and I am looking forward to working with the entire community on this exciting project. As we explore options such as enhancing the arts, recreational opportunities, and other ideas, I am certain that we will emerge with a product that is exciting to the community!