Tag: Department of Housing and Community Development

Housing Dept. responds to audit article

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development took issue with some of the statements in a MarylandReporter.com article last Friday about an audit of the department, asking “to clarify and correct some of the information.” The article contained two substantial errors of fact.

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Lawmaker wants AG ruling on secret feasibility study for agency move

The feasibility study that justified a controversial plan to move the Housing Department headquarters from Crownsville to New Carrollton has been a well guarded secret since 2010.

Current headquarters for the Housing and Community Development Department
The Crownsville headquarters for the Housing and Community Development Department

Del. Mary-Dulany James, D-Harford, wants Attorney General Doug Gansler’s opinion on whether the study can be released.

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Legislators question Housing Dept. move, but get few answers

At a hearing Monday, Anne Arundel County delegates had hoped to learn more of the dollar figures justifying the proposed move of the Department of Housing and Community Development from its state-owned headquarters in Crownsville to rental space at the New Carrollton Metro. But what they got from Michael Gaines, assistant secretary for real estate of the Department of General Services, was little more information than had been had already been published.

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Funds to advertise mortgage loan program approved

The Board of Public Works approved $350,000 on Wednesday to give a last push to advertising the Maryland Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program.
The state received $36 million in federal funds to give out as loans to people who are in financial trouble and unable to pay their mortgages. They have a very short window to use that money – between April 2 and Sept. 30. If the funds are not used by the end of the month, they go back to the federal government.

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Maryland authorizes internationally recognized green construction code

Starting next year, jurisdictions in the state can choose to adopt an internationally accepted green building code for private and public construction.

“This will make it easier and cheaper to build green,” said Stuart Kaplow, president of the U.S. Green Building Council of Maryland. The General Assembly passed House Bill 972 this spring, making Maryland the first state in the nation to authorize the voluntary use of the International Green Construction Code.

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State Housing Department headquarters declared surplus, ready for sale

The Crownsville headquarters of the Department of Housing and Community Development was formally declared surplus on Wednesday, meaning the state is free to sell it and move forward with plans to relocate the agency to Prince George’s County.

Wednesday’s resolution, passed unanimously by the Board of Public Works, is the next step in the long process to jump-start transit-oriented development in Prince George’s County by relocating the agency to a new location near a Metro station.

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State puts housing department’s Crownsville headquarters for sale

The sale of the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Crownsville headquarters is being advertised online, and the deadline has been set for developers to voice their interest in building a new main office for the department near a Prince George’s County transit station to create more transit-oriented development.

Bids are due Feb. 1 to purchase the current housing department headquarters at 100 Community Place, Crownsville. The same deadline applies to the requests for information to build a replacement headquarters in Prince George’s County.

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