Baltimore – DHCD’s ongoing efforts to preserve and revitalize the state’s traditional downtown districts have been recognized by Preservation Maryland, the oldest and largest historic preservation organization.
DHCD’s Main Street Maryland program received Preservation Maryland’s Stewardship Award for demonstrating “outstanding achievement in the ongoing preservation and stewardship of historic properties in Maryland.”
The award was presented on Oct. 14 during Preservation Maryland’s annual awards ceremony.
Main Street Maryland strives to strengthen the economic potential of Maryland’s traditional main streets and neighborhoods. Since 1998, the program
In the past 16 years, Main Street Maryland has designated historic downtown commercial areas in 26 communities in 16 counties. When the program began in 1998, the original five Main Street Maryland communities reported 36 business openings, 398 new jobs and $6.1 million in private investments. Since then, the program has helped communities across the state increase investment in downtown historic districts with more than 2,700 private project improvements totaling nearly $214 million in investment. In addition, Main Street Maryland has seen almost 2,000 new businesses open, generating more than 7,300 new jobs in historic downtowns across the state.