State official tells Mount Airy group to seek public views on revitalization

January 16, 1998

Mount Airy Economic Development Commission is studying state financial aid and technical assistance programs that could help revitalize the downtown business district.

Cindy Stone, coordinator of Main Street Maryland in the state Department of Housing and Community Development, encouraged the commission at a meeting Wednesday to seek broader community involvement.

She also suggested a starting point.

"The average person is going to have some trouble finding downtown Mount Airy," Stone said. "They're going to find the McDonald's and the [former] Jamesway."

However, no signs lead travelers past the fast-food establishments off Interstate 70 to the central business district, she said.

Stone encouraged the commission to determine what kind of customers downtown businesses want to attract and to form and finance an action plan.

Chairman Michael D. Zimmer proposed discussing Stone's ideas at the commission's Feb. 11 meeting. A meeting location has not been decided.

Pub Date: 1/16/98

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