Over ten years ago, the Mayor and Commissioners of Elkton were presented with a report on revitalizing the central business district. After listening to citizens and hiring consultants to help plan a revitalization project, the Elkton Alliance was created to develop “a grass roots program” for the business district “dedicated to historic preservation and redeveloping the downtown. Along the way, the nonprofit was enrolled in a state program, “Maryland Main Street.”
At several recent town meetings, citizens have asked questions about the success of the program and its funding. Since we are interested in the broad subject of revitalization of old town centers and it is something we pay attention to in a much larger sphere, we decided to go back to look at the annals of downtown from the last two-thirds of the 20th century to the present. The article is located over on our history history blog, Window on Cecil County’s Past. We’ll have more news and current assessments on revitalization on this blog. It was also reported at the town meeting that the Whig is working on a separate piece and that will be helpful for citizens too since health town centers are important for the overall well being of a community.