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History and Accomplishments

Save Merriweather was founded by Justin Carlson and Ian Kennedy in June 2003 after it became apparent that a development proposal for Merriweather�s parking lots (known as the Crescent property) would spell the end for the pavilion. Subsequently, Save Merriweather has been actively involved in several issues that affect the pavilion, the Crescent property, and Columbia as a whole. Through its grassroots organization, outreach, and advocacy efforts, Save Merriweather helped:

  • Stop a residential development project from occurring on the Crescent property in 2003
  • Keep Merriweather open for 2004, 2005, and (hopefully) beyond
  • Show the Howard County Merriweather Advisory Panel that county-ownership of the pavilion is good for Columbia, Howard County and the venue itself
  • Remove Clear Channel Entertainment from its position as Merriweather�s management firm and having it replaced with IMP Productions, owners of the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
  • Demonstrate the need for changes to the New Town Zoning regulations that govern Columbia�s development process to allow for more citizen involvement

In addition, Save Merriweather is currently advocating for the establishment of a Howard County Revenue Authority, opposing another development proposal for the Crescent property, and observing the discussions of the advisory panel and awaiting their decisions. See our Stances of Issues page for more information.
Despite these accomplishments, there is still much work that needs to be done. Stay tuned to this website for more information.


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