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Impact Of Downtown Renovation On Businesses Still Needs To Be Addressed

October 21st, 2019 by WCBC Radio

The latest projection is that construction on the nearly $9 million renovation of the downtown Cumberland pedestrian mall will begin in July of next year- but how those downtown businesses will be impacted is an issue that still needs to be addressed. The official title of the plan is the Baltimore Street Redevelopment Project, which includes reopening Baltimore Street to traffic through the downtown mall running one-way from Mechanic Street to George Street. During the process, the aging below-ground utility lines will be replaced. The project could take a year. Paul Kelly, CEDC executive director, says that he has had talks with the Downtown Development Commission and other interested parties about ways to reduce the expected impacts to those downtown businesses during the construction phase…


5 Responses to “Impact Of Downtown Renovation On Businesses Still Needs To Be Addressed”

  1. October 21, 2019 at 9:32 am, mac said:

    I can’t imagine that City Lights and Baltimore St. Grill are excited with the idea that patrons can dine outside and, while eating dinner, peer into an excavation and look at the old water and sewer lines as they are being broken up and replaced.
    Good planning is not in the playbook as this haven’t even been addressed up to this time.
    Those businesses will suffer.


    • October 21, 2019 at 9:27 pm, Jay said:

      Duh. When the construction/excavation starts there will be no outside dining.


      • October 22, 2019 at 3:26 am, mac said:

        > You’re a very literal minded individual. I made that absurd comment to point out that those restaurants will be losing one of their big draws not to describe something that would actually occur. Ease off just a little.


  2. October 21, 2019 at 2:51 pm, Mark said:

    Now it’s up to NINE million?? Every time there’s a news item on this, it goes up by at least another million! The few remaining downtown businesses may as well close now for GOOD. City is run by thieving clowns.


  3. October 21, 2019 at 5:35 pm, Martin D Fornwalt said:

    Understand Cumberland’s underground is aging. So, I hope for the few open stores in the affected areas down there. Are not effected to badly.


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