Md. State Agencies Back Revitalization For Downtown Salisbury

SALISBURY, Md. - Representatives from five Maryland state agencies gathered for a roundtable discussion in downtown Salisbury Thursday.

Hosted by Mayor Jim Ireton and City Council President Jake Day, the meeting is a positive sign for downtown revitalization.

Ireton tells WMDT there are currently no plans to close the plaza to traffic. He says they're envisioning a downtown with buildings for commercial, public and residential use that would replace some of the area parking lots that are taking up a lot of space.

"You've got to get more jobs, more commercial space down here. You've got to get more people living down here and you've got to get rid of these parking lots that are impervious surface that are running off into the river. That is not good for the health of the Chesapeake Bay," he said.

As far as an action plan goes, state reps asked that the city get its market studies together, look at business programs as an incentive to entice entrepreneurs and concentrate on sustainable communities and enterprise zone designations.

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