The ECA is a non-profit, member-based community association. We engage in activities that improve the quality of life in the Eastport Community and build relationships with our local officials.
Membership is open to homeowners and renters who reside in Eastport.
The Eastport Civic Association Grants program has been set up to support organizations that improve the quality of life for residents of Eastport. The funds supporting these grants are the result of the success of our Eastport Home & Garden Tour and the generosity of our residents. It is incumbent on us as stewards of these funds that they be dispersed in a professional manner.
If you are interested, apply for an ECA Grant using the online application form. The process is simple. Your application should be thorough and thoughtful. We ask that you tell your story and describe how your program or initiative will benefit the residents and neighbors in our community. If you've received a grant in the past, your application should report on the results of ECA's prior grant award.
Grant applications will be considered semi-annually. Deadlines for submitting an application will be March 15 in the spring and September 15 in the fall. Applications must be submitted on time to be considered.
Please note that there is annual $2,500 funding maximum to any one organization. If you have questions, please send an email to Grants@EastportCivic.org. Applicants will be notified in a timely manner once a decision is made. Read more.
The ECA awarded grants totaling $9,350 in the Spring of 2018. The organizations that received the grants are:
Adam's Ribs Move to 4th Street
On December 5, 2017, the City Board of Appeals held a public hearing on the request for shared parking on property located at 424-428 Fourth Street. The property owners were appealing a decision by the City Planning and Zoning Director Pete Gutwald that denied the request for shared parking. Despite this being advertised as a “Public Hearing,” the members of public in attendance were denied the right to present public testimony and documentation supporting Mr. Gutwald’s decision. The Board of Appeals voted to overturn the decision and therefore allow shared parking with 31 parking spaces for a 77-seat restaurant. Several Eastport residents spoke before the City Council at the January 8 meeting and had a meeting on January 19 with the Mayor, acting City Attorney (at the time) Gary Elson, and the City Manager to express their belief that not allowing testimony was a violation of due process. This week, the Board of Appeals met and voted to reconsider, for the purpose of taking public testimony. According to Mr. Elson, “The motion that was approved to is hear public testimony. The motion allows the Board to reconsider its decision. It does not require that. The decision was not vacated, but it will be reconsidered based on public testimony. The Board members participating would decide whether or not to revise their initial deliberations and original vote based on the public testimony and any rebuttal provided by the applicant.” Information is on the eTRAKIT.annapolis.gov website – search for ADM 2017-003 and APL2017-007.
Update: The Board of Appeals posted its agenda for a meeting on April 16. It lists the reopening of the public hearing on the Adam's Ribs appeal. The agenda is linked here.
Proposed Brewpub on Fourth Street
There is a proposed brew pub at 418 Fourth Street, the one-story gray building that used to house a marine electronics place. They plan to establish a brewery called “Forward Brewing” with a website of “ForwardEastport.com” and expect to start construction this Spring. Gary Schwerzler is the architect. The proposed plan is for the following:
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424 Fourth Street, the Adams Ribs project, will be coming up for an Administrative Interpretation by the Planning and Zoning Director that the existing buildings at 424-428 Fourth Street, including the two family dwelling, are uses and the associated parking are deemed conforming and the buildings may be demolished and rebuilt and the existing parking lot reconfigured.
Noreast Holdings, LLC (The "Applicant") proposes to demolish the existing building at 424 Fourth Street and construct a new building in the same location for use as a restaurant, with two second floor residential units at the rear of the building. Applicant also proposes to reconfigure and reduce the number of parking spaces on the existing parking lot on the property without providing any setback or buffer from the rear property line or from the B2/R2-NC zoning demarcation line. Specifically, the Applicant seeks an administrative interpretation that the following sections of the Code are not applicable to the proposed redevelopment: Sections 21.20.010 et seq.; Section 21.48.010; Section 21.50.150 (Table Note 2); Section 21.26.12.G and Section 21.66.050.B.2 and D.
The application is listed on the City’s website eTrakit system under Projects as ADM2018-003, and the public can weigh in with their thoughts by emailing Jacquelyn Rouse, the lead planner on the project: JRouse@annapolis.gov
Read the Concerned Citizens’ Preliminary Objections and Concerns Regarding the Revised Adequate Public Facilities Study for the Lofts at Eastport Landing letter to Planning & Zoning. Additional information and documents can be found on the City’s website E-Trakit system using the Project Number SDP2018-006. Read letter from attorney for Solstice Partners regarding Concerned Citizens' Comments.
Planning & Zoning Director Pete Gutwald has said that citizen comments on this project will be accepted after August 17, but we are urging everyone to get comments in by that date. Read more.
You Ask, We Answer: Live chat on the Annapolis City website.
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ANPF and ECA submitted comments and concerns on the May 31 draft of the Sector Study. Many of these were not addressed in the July 26 version. We still have a number of issues and unanswered questions. Read more.
Prepare Me Annapolis Mobile App: Notifications of what's affecting the Annapolis area, including severe weather alerts, traffic reports, school & government closings, and more.
On July 16 we cleaned up parts of Fourth Street. What a change an hour can make!
ECA invites all members to get together for our annual barbecue picnic. Adam's Ribs is providing the BBQ and sides. Beer, wine, sodas and water will be served, together with dessert. The picnic is a fun time to catch up with old and new neighbors and friends! Police, fire and elected officials from the City are invited. When you click on the Buy Now button you'll have the option of paying through PayPal or with a credit card.
Tickets/Reservations: $20 in advance; $25 at the door. We need to give a count to Adam's Ribs in advance so registration is extremely helpful and strongly urged. Last year, due to the number of people who purchased tickets at the door, we nearly ran out of food!
We need volunteers on half hour shifts. Let us know If you can volunteer to help with setting up, cleaning up, beverage sales or registration. Email email@example.com.
The entire Eastport Civic Association community sends its love and support to the family and friends of those we lost in the June 28 senseless tragedy. Many of us knew or associated with one or more of those lost and we are all very much involved in the Capital newspaper as being our main and continual source of news. All will be fondly remembered.
ECA donated $500 to the Capital Gazette Families Fund. See the acknowledgment letter.
Architecture & Zoning: Ben Goldeen
Communications: Marie King
Eco-Action: Diane Butler
Grants: Deborah Dillon
Home & Garden Tour: Mike Leonard
Membership: Jane Lawrence
Nominating: Being formed
Safety: Daniel Orr
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR $25
Eastport Civic Association
P.O. Box 3539
Annapolis, MD 21403
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