Projects in downtown frederick

The hub of culture, commerce and government, our urban downtown with a small town feel is vibrant, walkable and economically vital. We are at the heart of a county that features nationally recognized biotech companies, three colleges, a super educated workforce and great amenities.

Downtown Frederick is a real place—not a museum. We value our beautiful architecture and history-lined streets, our neighborhood character and characters, our independent businesses and our year-round events that attract residents and visitors alike. We retain our historic charm while embracing new ideas. The people who live here and work here make us cool, reflecting a diversity of ethnicities, lifestyles, ages and incomes. Already a vital hometown today, Downtown Frederick in the next five years will be a stronger, better, greener, more attractive place to work, shop, dine and build a life.

Redevelopment of the Post Office Site

Downtown Frederick Partnership is committed to advocating for the redevelopment of the Post Office site. Redevelopment would include retaining the retail post office either on site or in close proximity and relocating the remaining uses. Click here to view Downtown Frederick Partnership’s full policy statement on the redevelopment of the post office site.

On September 20 and 21, 2016, the Partnership together with the City of Frederick’s Planning and Economic Development Departments and East Frederick Rising held two public input sessions and a public presentation related to the Post Office site in Downtown Frederick. The first day sessions provided an opportunitiy for community members to proactively provide input on site opportunities and the community’s vision for the site. The public presentation offered a summary of the ideas generated, along with analysis by the consultant team. The final report from the two-day design process can be downloaded here.


Downtown Hotel at Carroll Creek

One of the fastest-growing counties in Maryland, Frederick has become a draw for all kinds of travelers. Now spending more than $1 million per day, these travelers visit for business and for pleasure. They also overwhelmingly want to stay in Downtown Frederick. And soon, they will.

Building on the momentum of the past 30+ years of investment, the Downtown Hotel at Carroll Creek is an exciting project that will bring new lodging and meeting space to Downtown Frederick.  This new facility, located at the intersection of East Patrick and Carroll Streets, responds to both community desires and business needs. To stay up to date on the progress of the Downtown Hotel at Carroll Creek, visit

Live Downtown Frederick

Live Downtown Frederick is an initiative of the 2020 Downtown Frederick Partnership Strategic Plan. Our goal is to welcome 335 new residents to Downtown Frederick by 2020.

The first step in what the Partnership anticipates will be a three year process was to learn more about the local housing market today and what impediments and incentives exist. The analysis was completed by a consultant team that included Seth Harry and Associates and Townscape Design. This analysis was presented at a Live Downtown Frederick Housing Symposium that was held Friday, April 28, 2017. The final report from the Symposium can be downloaded here.


Monocacy Valley Cannery

This 30,000 square foot building offers a unique combination of old and new. The first class features magnificent post and beams, exposed brick and craftsman accents throughout. The historic buildings on site are joined with loft contemporary suites for one of a kind offices. All suites are built to suit. The Cannery is located on East Street, a new access point into Downtown Frederick, and offers limited parking.

On April 25, 2019, the Partnership organized a second community workshop to seek feedback on ways to improve the Seventh Street Fountain Park.  This workshop was made possible due to support from the Ausherman Family Foundation. The Ausherman Family Foundation has generously offered to match the City’s planned investment in refurbishing the park fountain dollar for dollar up to a maximum of $250,000.  This additional investment will help to make non-fountain related park improvements possible.  During the meeting, community members were asked to provide feedback on a revised concept plan.

Following that community workshop, the Foundation and the Partnership worked with the architect consultant to update the concept plan to reflect input from community members and City staff.  The revised concept plan (download July 2019 Concept Package here) was presented to the City of Frederick Park and Recreation Commission at a hearing on August 13, 2019 and received a positive recommendation from the commission.  Next steps for the project include: beginning the historic preservation approval process, developing construction documents and establishing the final project budget.  It is anticipated that additional fundraising efforts will be needed to complete all of the improvements envisioned for the park space.

All of this work builds on a community workshop held in April 2013.  Suggested improvements (download 2013 Concept Package here) that had broad community support during the 2013 workshop included moving the fountain to the north east corner of the site (the fountain would appear to be at the end of Market Street as you drive/walk north), adding seating, creating shade, providing flexible open space, establishing a physical and visual buffer to the street edge and identifying opportunities for public art. Since 2013, the Partnership has learned that the significant underground public infrastructure (water, sewer, electric, etc) within the park space make moving the fountain closer to Seventh Street infeasible. As a result, enhancing the park space, while keeping the fountain in its current location, became the focus of developing the new design that was presented in April 2019.

520 N Market


PIRHL Developers, LLC and Interfaith Housing Alliance have partnered to develop 520 N Market St Apartments, a workforce housing development which will offer 59-units with a mix of one- two- and three-bedroom units. The project involves the adaptive reuse of a former 1900’s school building as well as two new construction buildings, all in the heart of Downtown Frederick’s Arts and Entertainment District. The conversion of the school building will be a gut-rehab, removing all structures and systems in the building except for structural walls.

Kemp Hall

Purchased in May of 2017 by Ausherman Properties, the historic Kemp Hall at 2 E Church St is undergoing significant renovations. The building is being converted into 18 modern, studio and loft-style apartments in the heart of Downtown Frederick’s retail and restaurant scene. Find out more at

Drawing inspiration from emerging urban hotspots and repurposed neighborhoods across the country, Kemp Hall seeks to attract young professionals with a focus on convenience, user experience and spaces with individuality. The building’s street-facing appearance will remain largely unchanged, while outdoor amenities are planned for the benefit of the buildings tenants.

Ox Fibre Apartments

The Ox Fibre Apartments is a redevelopment project which aims to revitalize the historic Ox Fibre Brush Company factory at 400 E Church St. Developed by Hook Properties, Equity Plus, and Broad Creek Capital, the project will provide Downtown Frederick with 83 new loft style apartments that will serve as workforce housing for the community. The historic, character-defining features of the factory will be restored, and the surrounding site will be improved with a playground, green space, and a community room. The project is designed by Antunovich Associates and Harris-Smariga and Associates. Morgan Keller Construction will serve at the project’s general contractor.

Increasing MARC Train Service to Downtown Frederick

Downtown Frederick Partnership is committed to achieving increased MARC train service to Downtown Frederick. As part of this policy, the Partnership supports building a new Point of Rocks Station platform to increase weekday MARC service to Downtown Frederick. The MARC Brunswick line provides service between Washington DC and Martinsburg WV at four stations in Frederick County: Brunswick, Point of Rocks, Monocacy and Downtown Frederick. With the new platform, the Point of Rocks station will experience improved service because all trains on the MARC Brunswick line will be able to stop at this station.

Increased MARC Train Service would make Downtown Frederick a more attractive place to live and locate a business by increasing regional access. A new Point of Rocks Station platform also will permit MARC to maximize the effectiveness of their operations by providing more commuting options without adding trains. The platform could allow for trains currently in service to travel northbound to serve the Downtown Frederick station. For more information about this project, download our full policy statement here.

Upcoming Downtown Events


Each year, the Partnership tackles strategic initiatives to bring more residents and employees to Downtown Frederick, offers an exciting season of events and works closely with downtown businesses and partners to continue to strengthen and improve Downtown Frederick.