520 N Market Street

Team Touts Use of Community Feedback for
Planned Workforce Housing in Downtown Frederick

Frederick News Post

March 29, 2016

The series of town halls and neighborhood meetings held for a downtown workforce housing project were more than just a gesture.

Project partners Interfaith Housing Alliance and developer PIRHL pointed to the feedback from those discussions as the reason for amendments to their plans for 520 N. Market St.

The premise of the project — to provide affordable housing to millennials, retail workers and others who fall within designated income requirements — has not changed. But the design and scope of the project have been modified from the original vision to incorporate concerns and suggestions from the community.  Read More...

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Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner's leadership teams identified the need for workforce housing so that more people could live and work in Frederick County.

Executive Gardner has hosted several open house town-hall style meetings to share information about a proposal by Interfaith Housing Alliance, Inc. (IHA) and PIRHL to purchase for $1.6 million the county-owned property at 520 North Market Street, Frederick, MD., for purposes of creating workforce housing.

In early 2016, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development awarded the workforce housing initiative a $15 million tax equity program award -- a key funding piece to allowing IHA and PIRHL to purchase the property. 

Executive Gardner invites the public to review renderings of the proposed renovations to the building, which are posted as links on the left panel of this webpage.

She commented, "Working together with Interfaith Housing Alliance, we look to transform a well-loved city icon into a mixed income housing development right in the heart of downtown Frederick, thus helping to revitalize that area. My Community Needs Leadership Team identified the need for workforce housing, and this public-private partnership idea is suited for seniors and millennials alike. The proposal has already received positive feedback."

IHA's vision is to develop the site into 55 to 60 workforce housing rental apartments for mixed-income families with some units reserved for at- or below-medium income families. The building is within walking distance to the MARC train and would encourage further development and residential living in an area in need of an infusion of this kind of development.

For more information, contact IHA Community Relations Director Mary Ellen Mitchell at 301-662-4225 or via e-mail or Frederick County Special Administrative Director Margaret Nusbaum at 301-600-7700 or via e-mail

To comment on the proposal, please use this link:  e-mail.

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