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.