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Downtown Salisbury Headed For A Bright Future

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Salisbury, MD - The future of downtown Salisbury looks bright, with more activity than the city has seen in more than half a century!

"I hear from the public all the time about downtown revitalization. It's always 'how did it happen?' and "how did it change so dramatically,'" Jake Day, Salisbury City Council president recounts.

Jake Day says, downtown Salisbury has accomplished more in the last twelve months, than it has in the past 60 years!

"You've seen us with the most restaurants in downtown area in decades. You've seen us with more real estate activities then in decades. You've seen the first retail shops opening in decades," he says.

And the new variety of restaurant choices has increased much of the city's foot traffic. Chauwan Matthews is set to open Echelon, a new soul food bistro, this July.

"I'm really trying to go for that young professional that is so prevalent in the downtown area, so they have a place to let their hair down when they get off of work ," Matthews says. His new restaurant will include a daily place for lunch and dinner. However, it will transform into a night club, with dancing and craft whiskeys for a younger crowd.

Day says that the most intense changes will be happening in the next five to ten years. But, he wants the community to know that it's an ongoing project, that won't have an end date.

"We're going to institute permanence here, rather than sustainability. Its permanence," Jake says. "It is our soul. It's our heart. We're going to continue to invest in this and it's going to be here for the long term."

Some additional changes have already begun, as part of the Main Street Master Plan. This $8.5 million project will replace many water and sewage pipes in the area. In addition, it plans to beautify the area with consistent benches, street lights, and planters. This project is planned to happen within the next two years.

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