Wicomico Civic Center to renovate exterior, add drop off lanes and expansions after securing $5.5 million dollar grant
SALISBURY, Md. – The Wicomico Youth & Civic Center is set to receive a facelift, inside and out thanks to a $5.5 million federal grant secured by the county for its renovation.
“This is the single largest investment in this building in 40 years,” said County Executive John Psota, unveiling the funding at a press conference in front of the center Thursday morning.
The $5.5 million investment into renovating the Wicomico civic center will fold into the $1.7 million of state funding already at work for the 42-year-old building, where repairs were already on the way for the center’s ceiling.
Upgrades will include expanding the front of the building to include, upgraded front facia, entrance, and drop of lanes, combined with physical barriers to protect pedestrians walking into the center.
“It’s really exciting to make it a more attractive building from the outside I love the venue I love what we have but it’s got an institutional feel and we think this will refresh that help us to attract more venues,” said Wicomico County Parks and Tourism Director Steven Miller.
Miller says the new outdoor staging area could be used to hold cocktail hours and other networking events, which he believes will help attract trade shows to the venue.
He tells us the upgrades to traffic flow and safer drop off areas will also help to make the building more handicap accessible.
“It’s going to enhance the venue make it a safer more accessible venue and make it a more attractive venue not to just retain the vents we have but to recruit new events into the community,” he said.
The construction is expected to take 2 to 3 years.