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City to Apply for $700K in Local Restoration Project Grant Funding

June 10th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Approximately $700,000 in funding from Maryland’s Community Legacy Program will be allocated for four enhancement and restoration projects in Cumberland- if approval is received. During this week’s mayor and City Council meeting, Ruth Davis-Rogers, the city's historic preservation planner, explained that the purpose of the funding is to utilize state resources for "investing in and supporting projects which will promote economic stability and neighborhood and town center revitalization." At the top of the list is the McMullen Building, 138 N. Baltimore St. on the downtown mall. The four-story, 70,000 square foot building is undergoing a $2 million upgrade. A landmark on the downtown mall, the building was constructed in 1896 and housed The McMullen Brothers' Department Store, Woolworth's and later the G.C. Murphy Co. department store.  14 luxury apartments and street-level business spaces are part of the planned renovation…