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Eastern Shore Conservation Center Deadline Approaches

Eastern Shore Conservation Center Deadline Approaches $2.6 Million Must Be Raised by March 31, 2013 Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is pleased to release schematic drawings of the Eastern Shore Conservation Center. All drawings are courtesy of Atelier 11, the Easton architecture firm working on the project. ESLC hopes to turn the former McCord building and the neighboring office building (damaged by fire in September 2012) into a green campus that brings new vitality to both the neighborhood and the town. Called the Eastern Shore Conservation Center, this facility will create a working home for conservation organizations and businesses.  This hub of activity will spark collaboration and innovation around conservation at a new scale for the Eastern Shore. (Rear view) In order to achieve this dream at the proposed site, ESLC must raise a total of $6.3 million -- $5.5 million for the purchase and renovation of the former McCord building and an additional $800,000 for the renovation of the office building. Toward this goal, ESLC already has raised $3.7 million, leaving $2.6 million to raise before March 31, 2013. In December, ESLC deepened its commitment to bringing an Eastern Shore Conservation Center to Easton by putting $650,000 toward the former McCord building in a process known as dry settlement, after which such a payment is held in escrow. Formal settlement on the building, should ESLC raise the necessary funds, will occur in April. Gov. Martin O’Malley included $1 million in his FY14 capital budget for the project, for which ESLC is required to raise matching funds. The office building at 130 South Washington Street, which was donated to ESLC by Helaine White, in September was damaged by fire. Currently, the building has a temporary roof, and a permanent roof must be installed quickly to avoid further damage to the structure. Estimates for a new roof are about

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ESLC Takes Ownership of White Building

Donated to ESLC by Helaine White Eastern Shore Land Conservancy now owns the building at 130 South Washington Street, next to the former McCord building, which ESLC hopes to purchase to create the Eastern Shore Conservation Center. The building at 130 South Washington Street, which was donated to ESLC by Helaine White, was damaged in September in a fire. Currently, the building has a temporary roof, and a permanent roof must be installed quickly to avoid further damage to the structure. Estimates for a new roof are about $35,000. Eastern Shore Land Conservancy in December deepened its commitment to building an Eastern Shore Conservation Center to Easton by putting $650,000 toward the former McCord building in a process known as dry settlement, after which such a payment is held in escrow. This accelerates the need for fundraising for the building, the purchase and renovation of which will cost about $5.5 million. Formal settlement on the building, should ESLC raise the necessary funds, will occur in April. Gov. Martin O’Malley included $1 million in his FY14 capital budget for the project, for which ESLC is required to raise matching funds. ESLC is committed to farm and habitat protection in our rural areas, and revitalization in our towns and communities. As the organization commits to this project, it will look to state and local governments and our communities to help raise the funds needed to develop the Eastern Shore Conservation Center in the long-vacant building and its fire-damaged neighbor building. In the coming year ESLC hopes to transform this vacant Easton warehouse and the office building next door into a charismatic green building that brings new vitality to both the neighborhood and the town. Called the Eastern Shore Conservation Center, this facility will create a working home for conservation organizations and businesses.  This hub of activity will

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Call for Submissions for Kids’ Essay and Art Contests

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy has announced a call for entries for the sixth annual Kids’ Essay and Art Contests. The contests are open to all students in grades pre-kindergarten through eight in the six Upper and Mid-Shore Counties including Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester. Essay Contest Rules and Entry Form Art Contest Rules and Entry Form Students entering the contests should demonstrate through writing or visual art where and how they like to play and spend time on the Shore. Essays and artwork might illustrate favorite parks, events or activities, or visions and dreams they have for future parks and open spaces. Art entries are open to students from pre-K through eighth grade. Essay entries are open to students in grades five through eight. Prizes will be given to the first- and second-place posters and essays. Art submissions will be judged in categories of pre-K through second grade, grades three to five, and grades six through eight. Full details, contest rules, and an application form can be found on ESLC’s website at www.eslc.org. Completed essays and posters can be mailed to the Sassafras Environmental Education Center, Kids Essay/Art Contests, 13761 Turners Creek Rd, Kennedyville, MD 21645. Deadline for submissions is April 1, 2013.

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O’Malley Commits $1 Million to Eastern Shore Conservation Center

Governor Martin O’Malley released his FY 2014 Capital Budget, which includes a $1 million commitment to the Eastern Shore Conservation Center. The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy hopes to renovate the old McCord laundry building to provide office space for several nonprofit organizations. The redevelopment project is consistent with ESLC’s efforts to assist in the redevelopment of towns on the Eastern Shore. It would restore a deteriorated building and provide upwards of 50 jobs to downtown Easton. The condition of the building has had a negative effect on the surrounding area in Easton’s South Washington Street Corridor. Vacant buildings can promote crime, increase property damage, and discourage additional investment in the neighborhood. Redevelopment is needed in that area to counteract the impact of the relocation of Memorial Hospital at Easton and to spur revitalization of the neighborhood. “Governor O’Malley’s funding of the Eastern Shore Conservation Center is a testament to his understanding of the project’s importance to Smart Growth, revitalization and the strengthening of our towns,” said former Gov. Harry Hughes. Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is raising funds for the center, a charismatic green building that, if completed, would bring new vitality to both the neighborhood and the town. The Eastern Shore Conservation Center would create a working home for conservation organizations and businesses – including Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. This hub of activity will spark collaboration and innovation around conservation at a new scale for the Eastern Shore. “We are grateful to Gov. O’Malley for his commitment to the Eastern Shore,” said ESLC Executive Director Rob Etgen. “This project will serve as a model of downtown revitalization and economic development on the Eastern Shore, and I’m pleased that the governor believes in this vision for conservation and for rural Maryland.” Formal settlement on the McCord building in Easton, where ESLC hopes to create the Conservation Center,

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ESLC Hopes to Establish Eastern Shore Conservation Center

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at the Talbot County Historical Society Auditorium in Easton, to discuss plans to purchase the McCord Building on Washington Street. In the coming year ESLC hopes to transform this vacant Easton warehouse into a charismatic green building that brings new vitality to both the neighborhood and the town. Called the Eastern Shore Conservation Center, this facility will create a working home for our employees and for other organizations and businesses. This hub of activity will spark collaboration and innovation around conservation at a new scale for the Eastern Shore. At the meeting, staff members will give an introduction to Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and a description of the McCord Building site, and will ask community members to express what they would like to see on the site. The Conservancy also invites the public to attend an Open House from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 26, at the McCord Building.

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