Pikesville Armory Acquisition: Baltimore County Marks Significant Step In Revitalization Project
BALTIMORE COUNTY - The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved the transfer of the historic Pikesville Armory from the State of Maryland to Baltimore County, marking a significant step in the ongoing redevelopment of the iconic site.
The Pikesville Armory, the state's second-oldest, was constructed in 1903 and spans 14 acres. It was decommissioned in 2016 and has held a spot on the National Register of Historic Places since 1985.
Baltimore County intends to further transfer the site's ownership to the Pikesville Armory Foundation. This non-profit entity has been instrumental in efforts to reimagine the armory as a community hub.
"The Armory's redevelopment represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide much-needed community services and create an exciting venue for arts, recreation, open space, and historic preservation," said Shelley Morhaim, President of the Board of the Pikesville Armory Foundation. She added that the Foundation eagerly looks forward to engaging with the entire community to shape the armory's future.
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski called the acquisition a "vital step forward" in transforming the historic site into a vibrant community anchor for Pikesville.
He commended the Pikesville Armory Foundation, federal, state, and local leaders, and community partners for their continuous support of this transformative project. "This regional hub can meet its potential," Olszewski noted.
The transfer of ownership from the Maryland Military Department to the Baltimore County government was facilitated for a symbolic cost of $1.00, marking the fruition of continued community advocacy from local leaders and residents.
To support the site's future, over $15 million in funding has been secured from federal, state, and local sources, including $3 million in Olszewski's FY24 budget.
Steve Lafferty, Director of Planning, lauded the Foundation's efforts and tenacity in transforming the decaying property into a community asset.
"The transfer of the Armory is a momentous event that will open up new opportunities for the northwest Baltimore County community," Lafferty said.