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CEDC and DDC announce plan for Baltimore Street Design

August 23rd, 2018 by WCBC Radio

The Cumberland Economic Development Corporation (the
“CEDC”) and the Downtown Development Commission (the “DDC”) are pleased to announce the
hiring of Cochran Studio, Inc. (“Cochran”) to prepare a streetscape design plan and public art plan for
the Baltimore Street Redevelopment Project (the “Project”). The Project involves the introduction of a
single lane of automobile and bicycle traffic along the current pedestrian mall, the replacement of aging
underground infrastructure and utilities, and the installation of fiber optic cable. The City hired the
EADS Group, Inc. (“EADS”) in September, 2017 to serve as project engineers. EADS has been
aggressively working since that time to identify and map the existing infrastructure and prepare
engineering drawings for the conversion of the pedestrian mall. Cochran will complement EADS’ work
by providing guidance to achieve a “look” and “feel” for Baltimore Street that accounts for its status as
an important, historic and central social gathering place, and enhances its grace and beauty so as to
ensure that it continues to be a welcoming community destination for a wide range of different
experiences and purposes.
William and Teresa Cochran are the principles of Cochran Studio, Inc. William is an artist, designer and
public art consultant. Teresa is an award-winning facilitator and project manager with expertise in
public participation and community engagement. They have been partnering for twenty-five years with
government, private, community-based and non-profit organizations to provide public art and
placemaking services. Cochran’s body of work includes the Hagerstown Cultural Trail, the Community
Bridge along Carroll Creek in Frederick, MD and the Pillar of Fire in Washington, D.C. Additional
information regarding Cochran can be found at www.williamcochran.com.
“The City, its development team and community partners are committed to improving the economic
condition of the City. The Baltimore Street Redevelopment Project is a crucial component of the City’s
revitalization efforts, and we are extremely fortunate to add Cochran’s wealth of experience and talent to
the development team.” said CEDC Executive Director Paul J. Kelly, Esq.

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