Soon there could be changes to City Dock—the heart of downtown Annapolis—but not if some locals have anything to do with it.
After Mayor Josh Cohen proposed a plan to modernize the area, citizens banded together to form the Coalition to Save Annapolis. “The drawings we saw were inappropriate for maintaining the character and historical elements of the Annapolis waterfront,” says the group’s treasurer Pete Chambliss, pictured.
Earlier this year, the mayor proposed a City Dock Master Plan, which calls for potentially allowing taller buildings and more open-space areas. Coupled with this was the development of a property on (the ironically named) Compromise Street that could change the zoning from maritime to commercial.
“The fact is, we have a baroque street plan that was designed 250 years ago,” Cohen says. He acknowledges that an initial rendering looked “too Bethesda,” but says he wants to move forward with rezoning and get the City Council on board.
Not so fast, says Chambliss. “This was just going to happen with the wave of the mayor’s magic wand,” he says. “But we have stalled the project. Visitors love Annapolis the way it is.”