3 city streets selected for grants program

May 31, 2008|By John Fritze

The city has chosen major thoroughfares in three neighborhoods for a program that provides money for businesses to improve their facades and marketing strategies, officials said yesterday.

Mayor Sheila Dixon announced that Hanover Street and Patapsco Avenue in Brooklyn and Harford Road through Hamilton Hills and Greater Lauraville will take part in the Baltimore Main Streets program, which grants thousands to local businesses.

The grant money, which comes from the city's operating budget, pays for staff who provide technical advice to the businesses and help owners shepherd private development projects through City Hall. About $330,000 is available in the first five years.

Nine communities applied for the program, which is managed by the Baltimore Development Corp. Hamilton Hills and Greater Lauraville will share the designation along Harford Road.

"This program has been instrumental for bringing private investment in these areas," Dixon said at an event in Brooklyn's Garrett Park that announced the expansion of the program.

Dixon said the program has launched 300 new companies in the eight Main Street communities the city has already designated, including Federal Hill, Fells Point and Belair-Edison.

City Councilman Robert W. Curran, who represents Northeast Baltimore, and Council Vice President Edward L. Reisinger, who represents South Baltimore, also attended the announcement.

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