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Morriss: Baltimore Street renovations will give mall property owners utility incentives

August 25th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Owners of downtown mall properties are being asked to consider taking advantage of utility upgrades when major renovations get underway early next year.  The Cumberland Mayor and City Council were given an update at least week’s work session on the $9.6 million Baltimore Street Renovation Project expected to get underway in the spring of 2021. That project includes reinstalling Baltimore Street through the downtown pedestrian mall. The project will begin with replacing under-ground utilities, in particular water service, including a fire suppression system and upgraded fiber optic cable.  Properties owners will have new service available to them during the construction process- however, owners must be responsible for attaching their service to the source taps. Mayor Ray Morriss…

5 Responses to “Morriss: Baltimore Street renovations will give mall property owners utility incentives”

  1. August 25, 2020 at 7:23 am, Ken said:

    I bet in the end only a 1/4 will connect and most of those will find some state grant to pay.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 7:47 am, Bob said:

      > That makes sense with about 3/4 of the space long vacant with no prospects for that to change. Notice that our appointed city council member has stopped using their ancestral name that associated them with one of the larger derelict buildings on the mall.

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  2. August 25, 2020 at 9:37 am, Bob said:

    Ruining the #1 most photographed tourist asset of the City of Cumberland –the scenic pedestrian mall, just so we can add exhaust fumes and still have empty store fronts. Crazy.

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    • August 25, 2020 at 10:33 am, Ken said:

      Haven’t heard one good reason why they couldn’t redevelop the rear access points for these buildings and lay the utilities in those streets and leave the pedestrian mall alone. Except that Jackson wants people to drive past his music store and make an impromptu saxophone purchase (as one commonly does).

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  3. August 25, 2020 at 10:52 pm, Rose said:

    I wish the City of Cumberland would reconsider getting rid of scenic pedestrian walkway. Having lunch there last weekend was wonderful. City Lights and Baltimore Street will be missed for the relaxing outside dining experience. Covid 19 has made everyone rethink how we live our lives and having beautiful outside dining is just one of the changes that we have all made.

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