Md. grant sought to enhance area of Frederick Rd.

February 22, 1996|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

Officials in Catonsville are awaiting a decision on a $1 million state grant to help with a face lift for the Frederick Road area.

The request for a grant to aid the Frederick Road streetscape project was made last month by County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III as part of his legislative agenda.

If the grant is approved, it will match the $1 million allocated by the county for the Catonsville project, where merchants, property owners and community groups have been investigating ways to dress up the Frederick Road area.

County Councilman Stephen G. Sam Moxley, a Catonsville Democrat, said he is hopeful the money will be awarded. "I plan on spending some time in Annapolis trying to gather additional support," Mr. Moxley said. "Right now, it looks promising."

The money would be used to improve parking, sidewalks and lighting, and possibly to help relocate utility telephone poles from Frederick Road to areas behind businesses -- a job that has been estimated to cost about $1 million.

"We've gotten some indication from Baltimore Gas and Electric that the moving would be done so it would be the least disruptive to shop owners," Mr. Moxley said. "We want to avoid having a situation like the one in Annapolis where they had a similar project that caused some businesses to have to close down during the work."

Michael Carey, president of the Catonsville 2000 community group dedicated to revitalization of the business district, said he is optimistic the state will allocate the additional money.

"We are hopeful," Mr. Carey said. "Both the government and the county executive have recognized that not all development occurs in growth areas."

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