The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHF) will have a
permanent home on the Annapolis waterfront thanks to a vote by the Maryland Board of Public Works (BMPW).
The new museum will occupy 20,000 square feet of space on a property once occupied by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and a space once owned by Phillips Restaurant.
Now that the space has been secured through a 50-year lease and a $3 million property purchase, serious fundraising for the building can begin. To complete the project, at least $30 million will be needed to cover construction and operating expenses.
The project received full support of the MBPW and Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen. Once completed, NSHF is expected to draw between 50,000 and 150,000 visitors per year and support 95 jobs and $8.7 million in sales.