Historic preservation

Owners and developers turn to Lerch Early for assistance in navigating the complexities of county and state historic preservation laws, historic area work permits, and local, state and federal historic preservation tax credits. As Montgomery County and its buildings age, so do proposed designations of properties as historic.

Through the county’s Montgomery Modern project, for example, planners have begun evaluating buildings that are more than 50 years old to discern a building’s historicity. Lerch Early has extensive experience in working with historic preservation staff and the Historic Preservation Commission. Our attorneys have been instrumental in both defeating proposed historic designations of property as well as working with the county to limit the scope of a designation, by for example, preserving only a façade or a limited building element, thus allowing for signification redevelopment.