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City taking Measures to prepare downtown business owners for the 18-month project

December 5th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

With construction set to begin on April 1st a number of measures are being taken to help prepare downtown business owners for the 18-month project including a town hall meeting in February. The project cleared a final hurdle early in November with the city council voting to accept $14.6 million bid from Triton construction to complete the renovation in downtown mall. The project includes replacing underground utility lines, reinstalling Baltimore Street through the pedestrian Mall and creating a new streetscape with parklet trees and shrubs. City council member Laurie Marchini said the goal is to provide copies of the plan to business owners next month followed by a public meeting in February…

The city has secured $12.5 million in state and federal grants for the project thus far. Cumberland Mayor Morris remains confident an estimated funding shortfall currently around $2 million dollars will be overcome. He said grant writers are working to find ways to expand the grant packages already in place.