Governor Larry Hogan Signs Executive Order Establishing Commission on the Future of the Pikesville Armory
Commission Will Study Potential Future Use of the Historic Military Complex
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today signed Executive Order 01.01.2017.20, establishing the Commission on the Future of the Pikesville Armory, which will be tasked with recommending options for the future use of the 114-year-old military complex. The Armory, which was built in 1903 as part of the National Guard’s 20th Century reorganization and expansion, is the second oldest armory in Maryland and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The Commission will be chaired by State Senator Bobby Zirkin (District 11), who consulted with the administration on the need to determine new uses for the property.
“I am pleased to establish the Commission on the Future of the Pikesville Armory today,” said Governor Hogan. “I am confident that this group, led by Senator Zirkin, will find an innovative and exciting use for the Armory that will add immeasurable value to the surrounding area and the entire Pikesville community.”
The Armory property has been declared superfluous by the Maryland Military Department, and it has played an important role as a center of the community for many years. The property presents a unique opportunity for further development of a plan that could inspire new investment and engagement in the historic community of Pikesville and provide an important cultural and community resource.
“I am excited to help lead this important process for the future of the Pikesville Armory site and I am looking forward to working with the entire community on this exciting project,” said Senator Zirkin. “As we explore options such as enhancing the arts, recreational opportunities, and other ideas, I am certain that we will emerge with a product that is exciting to the community. I thank Governor Hogan for recognizing the importance of this issue to our area, and look forward to working with him on the future of the Armory site.”
The executive order authorizes the governor to appoint a chair of the Commission and mandates that it include two members from the group 1,000 Friends of Pikesville, Inc.; two members from the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce; the Councilwoman from the 2nd Council District, or her designee; five members representing five community associations surrounding the Pikesville Armory; two members representing the Greater Pikesville Recreation Council; and three additional members appointed by the governor. The order calls for the Commission to present its recommendations to the governor no later than October 1, 2018.