David Carney (The Wine Bin) personal thoughts on the current plans to save Old Ellicott City

I keep following the various comments from elected officials and business owners about the plans for Ellicott City…so when I came across this post from the Owner of the Wine Bin…I thought it to be worth sharing to the readers: (Note – this post was seen on The Wine Bin Facebook page)

Friends,
I feel compelled to write and try to inform my customers and friends about what is going on in Old Ellicott City. These past few years have been an emotional roller-coaster for me and my dream business. There has been a lot of misinformation being put out there with a lot of ugly comments. I have had a large number of people ask me my opinion and thoughts. I believe that the current plan is a strong and positive move forward to save Ellicott City, save lives and save businesses. Unfortunately, this is an election year and many individuals are using this issue as a political football.

Here are a few highlights that you should be made aware of:

Many of the 10 buildings on lower main are damaged beyond reasonable repair and would have to come down. After this second devastating flood several of the property owners approached the county to purchase their buildings. The buildings are not being taken by eminent domain. Two are less than 20 years old, and many of the others have been damaged and rebuilt many times over the years. Only one that has not been damaged beyond repair has true historic value and is likely going to be disassembled and reassembled elsewhere in the historic district; historic elements of the others will be removed and preserved.

There is an overarching belief that this has not been studied enough. There have been several studies and DOZENS of public meetings over the past few years. The current administration started the Mitigation Work Group in early 2015 and then the Community Advisory Group after the 2016 flood. The idea of removing buildings and various elements of the 5-year plan have been discussed and studied before. Even the Army Corps of Engineers had listed the removal of buildings as possible solutions for future flooding. The 5-year plan that the administration used to make their final decision contains a myriad of options as well as detailed computer modeling showing what the outcome would be based on each option. This finally lead to the decision to go with the removal of the most damaged building causing the issues and risks on Lower Main Street.

This decision was not made lightly, and I commend Allan Kittleman and Jon Weinstein for their leadership and commitment to Old Ellicott City!

If you would like to get more informed on the actual plan and facts, please visit: http://www.ecfloodrecovery.org/

Do you have thoughts on the Ellicott City plan? Let me know in the comments.

Scott E

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