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Maryland awards $250K grant to revitalize historic Ellicott City Jail

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded $250,000 to Preservation Maryland to partner with Howard County on the revitalization of the historic Ellicott City Jail, a circa-1850 structure at 1 Emory St.

The grant will be used to assess feasibility for reuse of the jail as well as architectural/engineering, stabilization or rehabilitation activities that support future reuse.

While the grant supports initial design services and stabilization, Preservation Maryland plans to utilize state, federal, and private funds to complete the projects; the organization is currently pursuing a bond bill sponsored by state Sen. Katie Fry Hester, D-Carroll and Howard, in the amount of $500,000 in the 2022 Legislative Session.

The historic jail will be revitalized to support the surrounding community while the county and nonprofit explore use as a center for climate, heritage, and preservation studies.

The project intends to engage diverse voices and provide contemplative public spaces to commemorate and memorialize those once incarcerated on-site and those who were tragically lynched on the grounds of this site.