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Downtown Mall renovation start date pushed back to summer ’21

September 18th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

It appears as though the target date to break ground for the redesign of the Downtown Cumberland Mall has moved once again- with summer of 2021 the latest projection. The $9.5 million project which will be highlighted by a return to vehicular traffic and limited parking for the first time since 1977-  has seen any number of delays and hurdles spring up since reopening talks began in earnest in 2017.  Cumberland Mayor Ray Morriss provided a status report on the project during an appearance on WCBC’s “Dave Norman Show” Wednesday. While there is no guarantee that the project will completely come to fruition- Morriss said he believes the most significant aspect of it- new underground infrastructure and expanded broadband access will get done.