The Baltimore City Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Eric Holcomb as its new Executive Director.
Mr. Holcomb, who has served as a preservation planner for CHAP since 1994, was selected after an extensive nationwide search. In his new role, he will also serve as Division Chief for Historical and Architectural Preservation within the Department of Planning.
"This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of CHAP’s founding, it is fitting that we have a new leader like Eric who understands CHAP's rich preservation tradition and who will build upon it as we look to preserve and renew more of Baltimore's historic fabric with enhanced tools and improved procedures, to maintain Baltimore’s position as a national leader in preservation and revitalization," Tom Liebel, Chairman of CHAP said.
“Today’s announcement marks the continuation of great accomplishments by the Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation, “said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “I am confident that with Mr. Holcomb’s leadership, we will continue to build on CHAP’s legacy, and grow the city in new and exciting ways that highlight our rich array of historic neighborhoods and our vibrant, walkable commercial districts.”
Within the Department of Planning, the Preservation Division serves a key function that includes the review of permit applications for renovation and new development in local historic districts, as well as the administration of the City's historic tax credit program, which has grown substantially in recent years.
"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," said Planning Director Thomas Stosur. "With the support of CHAP and the Planning Department, Eric is very well positioned to lead and improve our historic preservation program."
Mr. Holcomb, a resident of Baltimore City, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Saint Mary's College of Maryland and a Master of Arts Degree in Historic Preservation from Boston University. His anticipated start date as Executive Director is September 1, 2014.