Taneytown supports renovation Revitalization backed at meeting

January 28, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Taneytown residents overwhelmingly told their City Council last night to forge ahead with revitalization plans for the Main Street area.

"Go for it," residents called out right before Mayor Henry I. Reindollar Jr. counted the unanimous vote in favor of the project. "The longer we wait, the more expensive it will be," one said.

The meeting, called by the council and the Taneytown 2000 committee, was to hear from residents on plans to renovate the town and revitalize its businesses. Members wanted to know if citizens would back a $20,000 feasibility study and the eventual project, which could cost up to $1 million, said City Manager Joseph A. Mangini Jr.

State grants, which are quickly diminishing, could pay for half of the feasibility study and some of the revitalization project, Mr. Mangini said. The city would be required to provide the rest in cash or in-kind services, he said.

Taneytown 2000, which began meeting in fall 1991, was the committee of business people and residents formed to begin working on the plan.

"We will have to have physical and financial cooperation and support for the project, not just from the businesses, but from the entire town," said council member Thomas J. Denike. "Without that, this won't work even if the money is there."

Council members and residents agreed that Taneytown should use the town of Emmitsburg as a model, since both municipalities are built around state highways and are about the same size.

But members of the Heritage Committee, Taneytown's historical society, were concerned that the project would just mimic Emmitsburg.

"Are we going to make the town look like it did in 1900 with the trees, or are we going to make it look like Emmitsburg?" one resident asked. "I want it to look like old Taneytown, not new Emmitsburg."

Citizens also tossed around ideas about a museum of city artifacts and flower gardens in the three traffic triangles at the blinker where Route 140 turns into town.

Taneytown's Garden Club is currently collecting money for the project, which will be turned over to the State Highway Administration. The state will then plan, plant and maintain the gardens, said Mayor Reindollar.

Members of the Heritage Committee pledged the $1,300 in their revitalization fund to the project last night.

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