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Canal Place To See Upgrade

February 26th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

It’s been a difficult couple of years for Canal Place- however a rare piece of good news was delivered last week from Maryland’s Board of Public Works. The state board approved a Canal Place plan to upgrade the center by constructing accommodations for a farmers market and adding improved access for disabled visitors. Cumberland City Councilman Nick Scarpelli, Dee Dee Ritchie, executive director of the Canal Place Preservation & Development Authority, and Rick Thayer, authority chair, appeared before the board.  Four permanent pavilions with electricity will be constructed along with new signs. In front of the rail station, the plan will add seven handicapped parking spots as well as Americans with Disabilities Act approved linking paths between the train concourse and the festival grounds.  Scarpelli, who has been pushing for a Cumberland “Market Place” or expanded farmers market since his first day in office- told the state board that there will be a wide variety of vendors to attract visitors to the city…


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