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Holcomb named CHAP executive director

Eric Holcomb has been named the executive director for the Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation.

Holcomb, who has served as a preservation planner for the commission since 1994, will take over as executive director on Sept. 1. In this role he will serve as the division chief for Historical and Architectural Preservation within the Department of Planning.

“Preservation and revitalization of historic neighborhoods is vital to the achievement of the Mayor’s goal to attract 10,000 new households to Baltimore by 2020,” Planning Director Thomas Stosur said in a news release.  “With the support of CHAP and the Planning Department, Eric is very well positioned to lead and improve our historic preservation program.”

The preservation division within the Planning Department is responsible for reviewing permits for renovation and new development in historic districts. It also is responsible for the administration of Baltimore’s tax credit program for historic buildings.

Holcomb is Baltimore resident and holds degrees from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Boston University.