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City Partnership

Mount Vernon residents, businesses and cultural institutions, together with the City of Baltimore, envision Mount Vernon Place as public space worthy of its status as a National Historic Landmark District.

To achieve this aspiration, the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy has entered into a partnership agreement with the City of Baltimore to create a model for what can be achieved with combined resources and coordination.

The Mount Vernon Place Restoration and Services Agreement was approved by Baltimore’s Board of Estimates on April 11, 2012 for a period of five years. The Agreement authorizes the Conservancy to oversee the restoration of Mount Vernon Place and the Washington Monument which will occur over a period of several years. It renews automatically unless terminated by either party.

Read the Mount Vernon Place Restoration and Services Agreement between MVPC and the City of Baltimore >

In addition to authorizing restoration services, the Agreement also authorizes the Conservancy to maintain and manage Mount Vernon Place on a day-to-day basis. The Conservancy is permitted to support its work in the parks with concessions and vending. To protect its improvement, the Conservancy is allowed to attach special conditions to any city use permit for Mount Vernon Place.

The Agreement does not supersede or supplement the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) approval process; it conveys no approvals or consent, implied or otherwise, to proceed with design or construction.

CHAP must approve all aspects of the plan before moving ahead with design and construction. In addition, the Conservancy must obtain a Developer’s Agreement before beginning any construction within the park.  A Developer’s Agreement is a building permit to work on City-owned property. Both such procedures were followed during the Conservancy’s 2014-15 restoration of the Washington Monument.

The Washington Monument under restoration by the Conservancy in 2014-15.
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