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Historic commission to hear Crittenton development proposal

The proposed redevelopment of the historic Crittenton Home property in Hampden is scheduled to go before the city’s historic commission Tuesday. The commission will weigh in on the development proposal that includes building 19 townhomes and converting an antebellum mansion into apartments.

John Brooks, the developer, and his team appeared before the  Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals in March seeking a variance to build the townhomes on the property in the 3100 block of Crittenton Place. That request was denied, but an altered plan will now go before the city’s historic commission and eventually back to the board. A development plan for the property was already approved by the Maryland Historical Trust.

The 2-story Crittenton mansion dates back to the area’s days as a mill town along the Jones Falls. In the 1920s it was purchased by the Florence Crittenton Society and used as a home for unwed mothers.