Baltimore firm to lead Sykesville revitalization Consultant company awarded $16,000 contract for Main Street project

September 30, 1997|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore consultant company will lead Sykesville through its Main Street Revitalization project.

Mayor Jonathan S. Herman and town officials awarded a $16,000 contract to Kann and Associates to lead the downtown project.

"These are highly skilled people," Herman said. "Their proposal met all the criteria we were hoping for. They are as serious as we are about improving downtown."

Kann and Associates also had helped the town write its proposal to annex the Warfield Complex, 15 aging buildings on 131 acres at the state-owned Springfield Hospital Center.

A solid effort to revive downtown could improve the town's position with the state, which is expected to decide on Warfield soon.

For the downtown project, the consultants will interview business people and community organizations to "develop attainable goals that we can include in our capital improvements program, institute and see to fruition," Herman said.

Reviving the business district and renovating a few deteriorating buildings are critical to the town's economic development.

The town is forming an economic development committee to assist on the project. Representatives from the Sykesville Business Association, the Town Council, the Planning and Historic District commissions and several residents will join the committee.

"The process will ultimately lead to a planning session with the public," Herman said. "This is a good step for the town. It focuses our attention on Main Street and will foster an all-important town spirit."

The company expects to have its report completed by the end of November.

Town officials hope to schedule the planning session early next year.

Pub Date: 9/30/97

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