Save Merriweather was founded by Justin Carlson and Ian Kennedy in June 2003 after it became apparent that a development proposal for Merriweatherï¿½s 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 Merriweatherï¿½s management firm and having it replaced with IMP Productions, owners of the 9:30 Club in Washington,
Demonstrate the need for changes to the New Town Zoning regulations that govern Columbiaï¿½s 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.