Maryland governor praises proposal for green revitalization of St. Charles

Note from Storm: This 2009 article in the Washington Post describes then-Governor Martin O’Malley’s enthusiasm for a private developer’s proposal to revitalize the southern Maryland town of St. Charles in a “green” manner. The town lies about halfway between the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay.

I invite REVITALIZATION readers who are familiar with the situation in St. Charles today to bring us all up to date. Did this project happen? Has it achieved its goals? Please use the Comments section at the bottom of the page.

From the article: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley praised a Charles County developer’s plan for a “green city” as a “model of a 21st-century city” that will create nearly 1,000 jobs in the short term.

The project announced by American Community Properties Trust would revitalize St. Charles, a planned community of 12,000 homes and 5 million square feet of commercial and retail space in Waldorf, doubling its size while reducing its carbon footprint through green design and practices.

The plan “embodies the vital connection between our twin goals of a greener, healthier planet and a stronger, more vibrant and innovative economy,” said O’Malley (D), who has pledged to create and preserve 100,000 green jobs by 2015.

[Photo credit: American Community Properties Trust]

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