Downtown Salisbury investors share 2020 plans
SALISBURY, Md. – With the end of the year right around the corner, investors are reflecting on the growth seen in Downtown Salisbury and sharing some future plans.
Put simply, the city has changed a lot this year. For instance, for the first time in almost 75 years, the One Plaza East building is 100 percent occupied. But there’s also a lot of growth happening below the surface that’s transforming the attitude both residents and investors have about the area’s future.
“You’re starting to see this younger generation realize that there is opportunities in Salisbury, that unfortunately haven’t been available in the past,” says Bret Davis, the co-owner of Davis Strategic.
The end of the year is right around the corner but locals have a feeling this next decade will be even better than the last. “One of the exciting parts,I’ve found about downtown, is now that there is a main street and there is a beautiful downtown the ancillary parts of downtown are starting to be able to survive,” says Davis.
Downtown Salisbury staples are thriving. “A Tuesday now you can come downtown and there’s life. In the past, I don’t think that was the case,” says Davis.
New businesses, like Mogan’s Oyster House, have put down roots in an area that some used to never even consider. “It’s not that the restaurant is better or that much different. The key is nobody downtown has built a brand new restaurant in quite some time and started from the ground up. That’s a pretty big leap of faith,” says Davis.
However, investors say more residential spaces need to be added downtown in order to keep these spots alive. “So the restaurant component will be on the water. Will have tons of outdoor seating potentially a second floor and then will have 47 luxury apartments that will be slated to go right on the water facing La Quinta,” says Davis.
Officials say transforming the area’s historic buildings is just as important as creating new ones, although it’s no easy task. “One of the projects we are getting ready to start has been vacant for 20 years. So you can imagine when you go into that it’s not just the problems you can see it’s the problem is you can’t.”
But investors know they’re on the right track and they hope others in the community have that shared vision of a booming downtown. “I really want to be the catalyst and say this year our biggest milestone would be seeing other people doing what we’re doing,” says Davis.
Another project nearing the finish line is the renovation of the historic church at 200 East Church Street. The complete overhaul of City Center on Main Street is also underway which includes a new glass elevator, additional parking and a mural wall of plants that’s 30 to 40 feet tall. That building should be done in early spring.