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April 11, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 11, 2016

Contact: Andrea Davey, Public Affairs Officer    
     301-952-4314    

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY PLANNING BOARD APPROVES
GRANTS TO REHABILITATE AND RESTORE HISTORIC PROPERTIES 

UPPER MARLBORO, MD.  Thirteen historic properties in Prince George’s County will receive funding for rehabilitation and restoration projects through grants approved by the Prince George’s County Planning Board of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC).  The grants, which total $300,000, will be used to accomplish a variety of critically needed preservation projects including: cupola, window and siding restoration; roof repairs; chimney rebuilding; foundation stabilization; and more.

The awards were made under the Prince George’s County Historic Property Grant Program. The grant program was approved in 2008 by the Prince George’s County Council and is administered by M-NCPPC’s Prince George’s County Planning Department.  The program is governed by guidelines developed by the Planning Board in partnership with the county’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). 

The 13 grant awardees were selected from applications received and compiled by Planning Department staff. Final recommendations to the Planning Board were made by the HPC.  The projects selected for awards and their locations are as follows:

St. Joseph’s Chapel, Beltsville Hitching Post Hill, Hyattsville
Chapel of the Incarnation, Brandywine Pleasant Prospect, Bowie
Frederick and Frances Watkins House, Bowie Wagner House, Accokeek
Brookfield of the Berrys, Upper Marlboro 3721 36th Street, Mount Rainier
Epiphany Episcopal Church, Forestville Harvey Dairy Store, Hyattsville
Cheltenham United Methodist Church, Cheltenham
 
Kleiner-Davidson-White House, Berwyn Heights  
 
St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church, Leeland, Upper Marlboro  

The criteria for project selection included: significance of the property; equitable countywide distribution of grant funds; urgency of need; retention of original materials in the project; provision for long-term preservation; applicant’s administrative capability and readiness to initiate and complete the project; demonstrated community interest and support; educational and innovative value; and leveraging of other preservation activities.

Photos and descriptions of the award-winning projects, and additional information on the grant program are available at www.pgplanning.org/hpgrants.htm  or by contacting the M-NCPPC Historic Preservation Section at 301-952-3680.

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