Annapolis Maritime Museum Proposal
Monday, December 11, 2000, The Board of Directors of the Annapolis
Maritime Museum requested the Annapolis City Council to pass a resolution
in support of a state bond bill in the amount of $750,000. The bond
bill will fund a capital project renovation of the McNasby building
located at 723 Second Street in Eastport.
Mike Busch and Senator John Astle will introduce the legislation
and lobby for its support and funding in the upcoming General Assembly
if the community and the city council support the initiative.
goal of this initiative is threefold:
To provide the city a long-term solution to the under-utilized
building as a seafood processing plant that the city once envisioned
when it purchased the property in 1989; and
To develop an adaptive reuse of the site as a city-based maritime
museum that will ensure the continued protection and preservation
of the maritime heritage of our city; and
To develop a plan to place the 90-year old McNasby Oyster Co.
building on the National Register of Historic Places
Tuesday, December 11th the plan was presented to members of the
congregation of Mt. Zion Church - Eastport residents that will be
most affected by the expansion of the museum. They supported it
unanimously. On Thursday, December 14th the Eastport Civic Association
general membership also unanimously supported the proposal.
of the Plan
The proposal is constituency-based
The museum use would occupy approximately 7000-sq. ft. of the
The current seafood use would occupy approximately 2000-sq. ft.
of the building
seafood use will remain open year round
The seafood use will continue to pay rent to the city
Both uses will pay their fair share of the building maintenance
The building will be renovated in keeping with the historic and
low-scale character of Eastport
The open space areas surrounding the museum will be expanded and
landscaped for public use
The museum's permanent exhibits will have three major themes:
Annapolis Maritime History
African-American contributions to that history
The history of sailing and yachting in our area
The museum will have a research library and a museum store
A new "non-grandfathered" parking configuration plan increases
the number of available parking spaces at the site and meets the
city code requirements for the uses
The new parking configuration solves a fire access problem currently
at the site
The new parking configuration plan creates a plaza-like atmosphere
which will further enhance the street-end park
A new pedestrian-friendly sidewalk will be installed on the Second
Street perimeter of the building that links the waterfront to
the interior open spaces
An innovative transportation plan incorporates public transit,
a shuttle system and water taxi service as a way for people, not
cars to visit the museum
believe this proposal is good for the community. It is the best
alternative for any uses that may be developed at the site and will
have the least impact on the neighborhood in the future.
with the museum have demonstrated their ability to keep the sensitive
historic maritime character of Eastport intact. We hope to further
that mission by providing a model museum for the collected maritime
history of the Annapolis area.
here to see the schematic. The complete
50-page proposed plan and architectural rendering is available for
review upon request. Please contact Mike
Miron at 410 268-2689.