WORK GROUP ON ADAPTIVE REUSE OF VACANT COMMERCIAL SPACES

Vacancy, Co-Chair (chosen by Senate President & House Speaker)
Vacancy, Co-Chair (chosen by Senate President & House Speaker)

Appointed by Senate President: Johnny Ray Salling; Mary L. Washington.

Appointed by House Speaker: Marvin E. Holmes, Jr.; Geraldine Valentino-Smith.

Appointed by Senate President & House Speaker: not yet appointed

Representing Maryland Association of Counties: Allison M. Pickard

Representing Maryland Municipal League: one vacancy

Ex officio: Edward Barnett, designee of Secretary of Housing & Community Development; Valdis G. Lazdins, designee of Secretary of Planning.

Staff:

c/o Department of Housing & Community Development
7800 Harkins Road, Lanham, MD 20706
(301) 429-7400, (301) 429-7462; 1-800-756-0119 (customer service, toll free); tty: 1-800-735-2258 (Maryland Relay)
e-mail: customerservice.dhcd@maryland.gov


Report to Governor & General Assembly due Nov. 30, 2021 (Chapter 584, Acts of 2021).

In June 2021, the Work Group on Adaptive Reuse of Vacant Commercial Spaces was authorized by the General Assembly (Chapter 584, Acts of 2021).

To increase the availability of affordable housing in Maryland, the Work Group charge was to examine the feasibility of converting vacant or underused commercial spaces into housing or mixed-use residential/commercial spaces. Further, the Work Group was to study similar programs in other states, and identify funding sources developers could access for such programs. Finally, the Work Group was to consider whether legislation was necessary to facilitate conversion of vacant commercial spaces into affordable housing.

Authorization for the Work Group ended June 30, 2022.

Since a report was never issued by the Work Group, the General Assembly has asked the Department of Housing and Community Development to study and report on these matters by November 15, 2022 (Joint Chairmen's Report, 2022, p. 204).

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