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Ellicott City Receives $100K State Grant for Streetscape Program

Funding will help improve historic Ellicott City's downtown.

Ellicott City's historic downtown will get green upgrades and streetscape improvements.
Ellicott City's historic downtown will get green upgrades and streetscape improvements.

An initiative to improve the streetscape in historic Ellicott City just got a boost from the state of Maryland.

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development announced Tuesday that the project to beautify Ellicott City's historic downtown and make it more sustainable received $100,000 through the state's Community Legacy program.

The Community Legacy program funds projects that will promote commercial revitalization and business retention.

Funding in Ellicott City will go toward implementing green techniques and streetscape improvements throughout its historic district, according to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

The grant will go toward benches, new recycling and trash containers, planters, landscaping, directional signs and bike racks on Main Street, according to Howard County Councilwoman Courtney Watson, whose district includes Ellicott City. Sidewalk repairs to improve access for those with disabilities and cuts in the curbs are also part of the initiative, Watson said.

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development reported Tuesday that it was granting $5.5 million toward local projects through its Community Legacy program this year. Ellicott City's streetscape project was the only grant recipient in Howard County.

According to Watson, the state grant was one of "a lot of good things happening in Ellicott City," where there was "an unprecedented amount of county funding" made available for improvements. Howard County recently announced a project to enhance pedestrian access between the courthouse area and downtown.

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Peter Edelen March 11, 2014 at 04:43 PM
This great! We definitely need the new trash cans AND it will be great to have recycling available alongside them!
jon.weinstein March 12, 2014 at 10:16 AM
Building good momentum for a bunch of enhancements to the historic district. This is great!
Veronica Salisbury March 12, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Alot of great ideas and I realize the historic district could use some of the things mentioned such as trash cans etc, improvement to crosswalks perhaps, I just hopethat alot of these ideas doesnt take away the charm and character of the old place.

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