Support Proposal to Revitalize Warner Mansion and Carriage House

Support Proposal to Revitalize Warner Mansion and Carriage House

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Friends of Warner Circle started this petition to Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich

Friends of Warner Circle (http://www.noyeslibraryfoundation.org/friends-of-warner-circle is a non-profit organization representing Kensington residents whose primary goal is to serve as a community catalyst for identifying a viable long-term use for Warner Circle Park’s two historic buildings (the Mansion and carriage house). 

We are Montgomery County residents representing the community of Kensington. We are signing this petition in support of Washington Landmark Construction’s (WLC) proposal for the Warner Mansion and Carriage House. We urge you to approve the agreement made between the Parks department and WLC with all possible expediency.

Our community has been patiently waiting for signs of forward movement on this project. A great many of us have been dedicated for well over a decade to finding an appropriate use for the buildings. However, the buildings are falling further into a state of dilapidation and disrepair, at risk of demolition by neglect. The proposal from WLC is the first viable proposal for the Warner Mansion and Carriage House since the County purchased it through the Legacy Open Space program in 2005. This despite well-publicized requests for proposals and Herculean efforts by Parks staff and members of the Kensington community to identify and recruit interested parties.

The costs and challenges of a rehabilitation effort consistent with historic preservation and other building codes are daunting; the estimates for rehabilitating the buildings for any future active use are somewhere between $5M and $6M. You have in hand an excellent proposal from WLC that members of our community, the Town of Kensington’s Mayor and Council, the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission, and the Maryland Historical Trust all support, as do our District 18 state delegates.

Karl Voglmayr of WLC is a builder with personal and professional integrity and a deep love for and experience with bringing historic buildings into full use. The Warner buildings will be restored while fully preserving the parkland for public use in perpetuity, including the Noyes Reading Garden and community events like Opera in the Circle. 

Now is the time to take decisive action to preserve the buildings, which desperately need rehabilitation. This opportunity cannot be wasted. 

 

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