October 20 Board of Public Works Meeting: Here’s What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments.

The BPW considered and approved the following requests and recommendations at its meeting on October 20, 2021:

Note: This is a list of county-specific items, not a comprehensive list of BPW actions.

Anne Arundel County

  • A Department of Housing and Community Development request for approval to provide $2,600,000 in general obligation bonds under the Shelter and Transitional Housing Facilities Program to Chrysalis House to provide an additional 14 beds to Chrysalis House, which will total 48 women/32 residential beds. Repayment of the capital assistance is not required and is forgiven as long as the project is used as a shelter, transitional housing, or other housing facilities for homeless households for 15 years (Item 13 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the Board of Governors of the Cape St. Claire Improvement Association, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Cape St. Claire Beaches. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 6 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $250,000 grant to the County Executive and County Council of Anne Arundel County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of infrastructure improvements to the Greenhaven Wharf bulkhead. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 3 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County and the County Executive and County Council of Anne Arundel County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Tick Neck Park. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 11 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $75,000 grant to the Board of Directors of Preservation Maryland for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Burtis House. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 5 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda) 

Baltimore City

  • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide a $1,319,910 loan under the Neighborhood BusinessWorks program which is a Smart Growth tool for revitalization through business creation or expansion in designated revitalization areas. This particular loan will be made to 2600 N. Howard Street, LLC to re-stabilize their existing property after the departure of Parts and Labor Restaurant in 2018 and state-mandated closures in 2020 and early 2021. The proposed loan and re-stabilization will have a significant economic impact on the Remington community of Baltimore City. The fully leased and occupied project will fuel further economic impact and revitalization in the area while creating local employment opportunities (Item 7 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $5,000,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of John Hopkins University for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Maryland Center for Cell Therapy Manufacturing and grant a waiver to exclude the property owner as a beneficiary to the grant. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 8 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $500,000 grant to the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of infrastructure improvements to Middle Branch Park. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 10 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Baltimore County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $2,000,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of Franklin Square Hospital Center, Inc. dba MedStar Franklin, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of a new surgical tower and infrastructure improvements at MedStar Franklin Square Hospital Center. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 9 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request to enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $225,000 to the Board of Directors of the Towson High School Sports Boosters Club, Inc. and the Board of Education of Baltimore County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of a comfort station at the Towson High School Stadium. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 14 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $100,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Fire Museum of Maryland, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Fire Museum of Maryland facility. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 7 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Calvert County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $300,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Calvert County Day School Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the turf field at the Calverton School. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 1 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $110,000 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to construct a nature center at Wetlands Overlook Park to educate the public about the ecosystem and promote environmental conservatism (Item 1A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Carroll County

  • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide a $2,500,000 loan under the Rental Housing Works Program which finances rental housing that individuals will occupy with incomes at or below 60% of the area median income. The loan will be made to Tremon Acquisition to assist in the acquisition and rehabilitation of 82 one-bedroom units for senior households located at 505 Tremont Drive, Westminster (Item 11 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request to encumber funds for a $227,000 grant to Carroll Community College to replace heating and cooling equipment, the fire alarm system, and the building envelope of Building A (Item 18 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Cecil County

  • A request to encumber funds for a $3,776,000 grant to Cecil College for a construction project to replace the Facilities Management building. In addition to constructing a new building, the project includes constructing a second, multi-lane entrance to the Cecil College campus and roadways to connect the campus core, opening the northern acres of the campus for vehicular services access accommodating campus development. The new building will house maintenance, grounds, custodial, fleet services, mail and receiving, duplication, and Capital Projects offices (Item 19 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Dorchester County 

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $343,784 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Dorchester County to construct a new basketball court, a gazebo, a perimeter walking path, expand the existing pavilion and refurbish an existing basketball court at Cornish Park in Cambridge (Item 4A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $60,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Crisfield Heritage Foundation, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Crisfield Customs House building. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 2 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Frederick County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $2,900,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of Mount St. Mary’s University for the design, construction, equipping of renovations, and an addition to the Knott Academic Center at the University. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 4 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $565,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Young Men’s Christian Association of Frederick County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the South County Family YMCA in Ijamsville. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 16 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $200,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Young Men’s Christian Association of Frederick County for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the YMCA facility, located at 1100 N. Market Street. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 15 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Garrett County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $527,469 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program for two projects in Garrett County:
    • Broadford Park (Oakland): $275,000 to construct a new multi-use trail system for bikers, walkers, and cross-country use, and an amphitheater and stage for performances (Item 5.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • Leo Martin Memorial Park (Mountain Lake): $252,469 to develop a new park which will include a splash pad, restroom, pavilion, seating, parking areas, and landscaping (Item 5.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Harford County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $400,000 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to add basketball and pickleball courts, soccer goals, playground equipment consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act, street and walkway lighting, and landscaping at Rock Glenn Park in Aberdeen (Item 6A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $60,000 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to develop a new pocket park on Office Street in Bel Air. This project also includes a pergola, tables, seating, artwork, and landscaping (Item 6A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Howard County

  • A request from the Maryland Department of the Environment for new grant funding up to $2,108,644 to Howard County for the Quaker Mill Mitigation Pond project. This project consists of retrofitting the existing Quaker Mill stormwater pond, located at the intersection of Rogers Avenue and Patapsco River Road in Ellicott City. This enlarged stormwater pond/facility is designed to capture and attenuate flows from the adjacent stream from the 100-year flood. Pipe extensions will direct all runoff into the modified facility. This facility will stabilize the adjacent stream and roadway embankment (Item 14 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide a $1,400,000 loan under the Rental Housing Works Program, which finances rental housing that individuals will occupy with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income. The loan will be made to Roslyn Rise Four, LLC to assist in the new construction of a 94-unit family rental community located at 10339 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. There will be a mix of one- and two-bedroom units (Item 9 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request to encumber funds for an $18,458,000 grant to Howard Community College for a construction project to construct two new buildings totaling 95,155 square feet to contain the Mathematics and Athletics departments. The College will provide an additional $18,458,000 towards the project (Item 20 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Kent County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $90,000 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to construct a walking path around the perimeter of the Galena Elementary Schoolyard, and provide landscaping and site amenities (Item 2A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Montgomery County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $193,882.40 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Montgomery County to construct two sections of trails within Blohm Park in Gaithersburg. The project includes 3,200 linear feet of natural-mulched trails with 100 feet of concrete trail sections in areas as needed, two boardwalk sections, an educational overlook, interpretive signage, and trail markers (Item 7A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide a $2,500,000 loan under the Rental Housing Works Program which finances rental housing that individuals will occupy with incomes at or below 60% of the area median income. The loan will be made to St. Anne’s Senior LLC to assist in the new construction of 76 age-restricted one- and two-bedroom units, located at 25104 Ridge Road, Damascus (Item 10 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request to grant consent to the Montgomery County Revenue Authority to lease property located at 16601 West Willard Road to Montgomery County Government and to forgive the Grantee repayment of the funds. The Grantee would like to use the funds from the property leasing to complete the financing of the project (Item 13 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Prince George’s County

  • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide a $2,500,000 loan under the Rental Housing Works Program which finances rental housing that will be occupied by individuals with incomes at or below 60% of the area median income. The loan will be made to 8230 Schultz Rd, LLC to assist in the new construction of 90 age-restricted one- and two-bedroom units, located at 8320 Schultz Road, Clinton. Eighteen units will be offered to households at or below 40% Area Median Income (AMI), 36 will be offered to households with incomes at or below 50% AMI, and the remainder will be offered to households with incomes at or below 60% AMI. The Project will include fitness, multipurpose hospitality, laundry, and lounge rooms, a mail area, and a management office (Item 8 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $199,900 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to purchase and install new equipment consistent with National Playground safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act for 2-5 years old at the Upper Marlboro Community Playground (Item 8A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $177,750 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to develop a vacant lot into the new Field of Dreams Park in Riverdale. This includes landscaping, new sidewalks, an ADA access ramp, street lighting, signage, and stormwater management (Item 8A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Queen Anne’s County

  • A request to enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $375,000 to the Board of Directors of Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 12 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

St. Mary’s County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $225,000 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to create an alley network to connect the town square in Leonardtown with a pocket park and other downtown amenities. The alley network will be used for public gathering spaces and will include seating, street lighting, flexible use space, fencing, and public art (Item 9A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request to provide a $153,381.18 grant to the Southern Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Board (SMRCDB) from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a 35.44-acre conservation easement in the Mattapany Rural Legacy Area (Bluestone LLC property). The acquisition will protect valuable agricultural and forest lands.  The property includes approximately 3,340 linear feet of riparian buffers along St. Inigoes Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River. Preserving this land from development provides additional resiliency to the effects of climate change. Mary’s County is also contributing $110,000 to the project. DNR and SMRCDB will hold the easement.  Easement value: $6,569.63/acre (Item 14A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Maryland Environmental Trust to ratify the donation of a perpetual conservation easement on 56.67 acres in Leonardtown (Thorne Property on Medleys Neck Road) (Item 15A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Somerset County

  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $60,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the Crisfield Heritage Foundation, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Crisfield Customs House building. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 2 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Washington County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit a total of $78,000 in Program Open Space funding allocated to Washington County for the following:
    • $63,000 to acquire .533 acres for a new town park in Sharpsburg (Item 10A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
    • $15,000 to acquire 1.25 acres for a new park on Antietam Creek. This location would serve as the start of the official Antietam Creek Water Trail (Item 10A.2of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $565,000 grant to the Board of Directors of The Young Men’s Christian Association of Hagerstown for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping of the Hagerstown YMCA. There is no matching fund requirement for this grant (Item 17 of the Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement Agenda)

Wicomico County                      

  • A request from the Department of Housing and Community Development for approval to provide a $2,500,000 loan under the Rental Housing Works Program and a $900,000 loan under the Partnership Rental House Program. Both programs finance rental housing to be occupied by individuals with incomes at or below a certain percentage of the area median income. The loans will be made to Homes at Gateway Village Limited Partnership to assist in acquiring and rehabilitating 153 elderly units, located at 939 Gateway Street, Salisbury, Maryland 21801. The Project targets senior households and offers a mix of one- and two-bedroom units. Ten units will be offered to households with incomes at or below 30% of the area median income (AMI), fifty units will be offered to households with incomes at or below 50% AMI, and ninety-three units will be offered to households with incomes at or below 60% AMI. The project also includes fitness, multipurpose community, mail, and laundry rooms, as well as a lounge (Item 12 of the Secretary’s Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $162,801 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to design and construct an additional 3,000 square feet of poured in place concrete skating surface, a concrete pad, and stairs for the restroom and benches at Salisbury Skate Park (Item 11A of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

Worcester County

  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $99,000 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to purchase and install a permanent restroom building at Stephen Decatur Park in Berlin (Item 12A.1 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)
  • A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $67,500 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Worcester County to purchase and install a picnic pavilion and waterless bathroom system at Public Landing Park (Item 12A.2 of the Department of Natural Resources’ Real Property Agenda)

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