The state will fund two projects to revitalize downtown Havre de Grace, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced Wednesday.
Through the Community Legacy program—a DHCD initiative to bolster real estate and commerce across Maryland—Havre de Grace received $60,000 for 2013. A $35,000 grant will fund interior updates and $25,000 will fund exterior improvements of buildings in the Main Street District.
According to a statement from Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development, many aging Main Street buildings are costly to maintain, resulting in storefronts that are not viable.
The $35,000 will be divided into small grants for businesses in a pilot program called "interior fit-out" that aims to make spaces functional through basic upgrades.
Vacant properties will receive priority, as will buildings where first-floor improvements would attract new businesses.
The goal is to fill five first-floor commercial vacancies, according to DHCD. The Office of Economic Development stated it hopes to decrease vacant commercial buildings in the Main Street district, "...one of the most tangible signs of revitalization."
In addition, Havre de Grace Main Street will administer a facade improvement program with the $25,000 grant.
Community Legacy Facts:
- Havre de Grace received two of Maryland's 58 Community Legacy grants for 2013.
- Havre de Grace won two of three Community Legacy grants in Harford County; Bel Air received $175,000 for its Armory.
- In the past six years, Havre de Grace has completed 16 facade improvement projects using $208,000 in Community Legacy grants. Those projects have produced more than 100 jobs and $800,000 in private investments, according to the city's economic development office.