Dear Mr. Liebel.
I am writing on behalf of the Friends of The Jones Falls to express our strong support for the proposed Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) local historic district designation for Woodberry.
The Friends of The Jones Falls stands with the many community members who have shown and continue to show support for the full boundaries of the district as presented at the first hearing.
Woodberry is a special place worthy of preservation, from the original mill village developed on Clipper Road in the 1840s, to the booming industrial center it became in the late 19th century, and to its tremendous role during the efforts of both World Wars. Remarkably, the neighborhood’s historic fabric has remained intact and remains integral to the community’s identity today. It had an outsized role in Baltimore’s industrial history, a story that can still be seen and felt walking through the neighborhood today. Woodberry is to Maryland what Lowell is to Massachusetts.
The Friends of The Jones Falls supports the Woodberry CHAP District because we support sustainable development that is in keeping with the historic character of the neighborhood. Woodberry deserves to be protected and the community deserves to have a voice about the future of the neighborhood.
Sandy Sparks, President
Friends of The Jones Falls