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Projects in Capital Region Share More than $3.9M in Awards

2/16/2012, 2 p.m.

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Secretary Raymond A. Skinner has announced more than $3.9 million in Community Legacy program awards to 35 municipalities and community groups around the state for revitalization projects.

Thirteen projects in the Capital Region of Maryland were selected to receive $1,237,000. Community Legacy provides flexible funding to local governments and community development organizations for essential revitalization projects in existing communities through activities that expand neighborhood business and job development, homeownership investment, commercial revitalization, and other activities that support Governor Martin O'Malley's Smart Green & Growing initiative.

"The Community Legacy Program supports jobs across Maryland while improving the quality of life for residents and visitors though home rehabilitations, cultural and community center improvements and 'green' upgrades," said Gov. Martin O'Malley. "By making investments in these improvements today, we can ensure that our local treasures are preserved for many years to come."

Smart, Green & Growing is a multi-agency, statewide initiative launched by Governor O'Malley to help Maryland achieve a more sustainable future by linking community revitalization, transportation improvements, economic development, smart growth and environmental restoration efforts.

Community Legacy projects directly support the Smart, Green & Growing initiative, including a program in the City of District Heights that provides assistance to elderly property owners to make green improvements and enhancements and upgrades to an existing HVAC system in Cottage City to make it compatible with solar panels.

For more information about Smart, Green & Growing, visit http://green.maryland.gov As one of its traditional, core goals, Community Legacy provides assistance to attract and support small businesses in historic downtown communities, including a facade improvement program in downtown Frederick, as well as projects that increase tourism and downtown foot traffic, including the restoration of a historic building in Thurmont to create a Main Street headquarters and visitor's center, improvements to the historic B&O Railroad station in Gaithersburg, and sidewalk improvements in Frederick and Forest Heights.

The list of award winning projects in the Capital Region includes: City of Frederick Amount: $100,000 Project: Carroll Creek Park Description: Construction of an ADA-compliant crosswalk connecting the park to the neighborhood. Awardee: City of Frederick Amount: $50,000 Project: Downtown Facade Improvement Program Description: Facade improvements to support economic revitalization initiatives on Main Street. Awardee: Town of Thurmont Amount: $75,000 Project: Main Street Headquarters Renovation Description: Restoration of an historic building on Main Street, which will help create Main Street headquarters, visitors' center, office space, and meeting space. Montgomery County Awardee: City of Gaithersburg Amount: $80,000 Project: Historic B&O Station Interior Improvements Description: Installation of ADA-compliant restrooms for a MARC train and to comply with Environmental Protection Agency requirements. Prince George's County Awardee: Town of Capitol Heights Amount: $200,000 Project: Property Acquisition for TOD Mixed-Use Site Description: Acquisition of properties near the Capitol Heights Metro station for land assemblage for a mixed-use Transit-Oriented Development site. Awardee: City of College Park Amount: $75,000 Project: Acquisition and Demolition of U.S. Route 1 Sites Description: Acquisition and demolition of blighted properties for redevelopment along the Route 1 Corridor. Awardee: City of District Heights Amount: $100,000 Project: City Beautiful Program Description: Provides grant funding to senior citizens making green improvements to their properties. Awardee: Town of Forest Heights Amount: $97,000 Project: Upgrade of Existing Pedestrian Facilities Description: Upgrades to the Town's sidewalk infrastructure to ensure ADA compliance. Awardee: Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc. Amount: $150,000 Project: Palmer Park Acquisition and Rehabilitation Description: Acquisition and rehabilitation of derelict properties for sale to first-time homebuyers. Awardee: Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc. Amount: $150,000 Project: Capitol Heights Acquisition and Rehabilitation Description: Acquisition and rehabilitation of derelict properties for sale to first-time homebuyers. Awardee: City of Mount Rainier Amount: $25,000 Project: Green Initiative Bike Share Program Description: Purchase and installation of bicycle racks to be used in the City's bicycle shared rental program. Awardee: Port Towns Community Development Corporation Amount: $35,000 Project: Cottage City HVAC Restoration Project Description: Energy efficient upgrades of an existing HVAC system to make it compatible with solar panels. Awardee: City of Seat Pleasant Amount: $100,000 Project: Seat Pleasant MLK Jr. Highway revitalization Project Description: Acquisition and demolition of several blighted properties along Martin Luther King, Jr. Highway. TOTAL AWARDS: $1,237,000