Battle Acre gets matching funds from Bicentennial Project
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:35

New funding adds to state’s $450,000 grant

by Ben Boehl

    Last week it was announced that the Maryland 1812 Commission  had been awarded $2.1 million in matching grants that will be given to 22 Maryland non-profit and government entities to support War of 1812 bicentennial projects throughout the state.
    One of the groups was announced to be Dundalk’s Defenders Day celebration, which will receive $24,000 in matching funds from the state grant.
    The Star-Spangled 200 Bicentennial Project also announced matching funding of a $100,000 grant in support of the Battle Acre Rehabilitation and Improvement Project, which aims to renovate and improve the site commemorating the Battle of North Point in 1814.
    Jay Doyle, project manager for the Baltimore County Department of Planning, said his agency is excited to hear the news and said the county will be able to match the $100,000 funds.

“The county has the matching funds, $100,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds that are managed by the Division of Neighborhood Improvement, Baltimore County Department of Planning,” Doyle said.
    “We identified this funding and committed it to the Battle Acre project prior to submitting the grant application in November.
    “The grant requires a match. We knew that going in. We have the match, so that is not a problem.”
    This funding is an addition to the $450,000 that Battle Acre will receive from the state budget, which was approved by the General Assembly at the end of the legislative Session earlier last month.
    That funding does not need to be matched.
    Upgrades to the Battle Acre site on North Point Road would include paving and grading improvements for a pedestrian plaza and improving public access to the park that includes access for people with disabilities.
    New curbs, gutters and site grading will be placed to help with the site’s water drainage problems.
    While the funding is approved, it is unclear if Battle Acre will receive repairs by September 12, 2014, which marks the 200th anniversary of the day when regiments of the Maryland militia squared off with the British Army at the site in the War of 1812.
    “We are hopeful that the county will meet that time frame,” Doyle added.