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Main Street Committee Making Progress

Subcommittees have been formed to help move historic Reisterstown towards Main Street Maryland status.

Local residents looking to put Reisterstown’s Main Street on the map have formed various committees and are planning public meetings to get more community members involved.

As they work towards Main Street Maryland status, the group has formed the five committees required by the state: organization, design, promotion, economic restructuring and clean, safe and green.

“We’re moving along,” said Amy Mantay, western sector coordinator at the Baltimore County Department of Planning. She will act as a part-time Main Street manager for two years to help Reisterstown earn its Main Street designation.

To receive the title, the Main Street committee must meet several requirements, including having a program manager for at least three years, having a board of directors, providing a budget for at least three years and having a defined central business district with historic commercial buildings.

Subcommittees, which are still seeking new members, started meeting and have assigned chairpersons.

The county department of planning recently did a parking survey, and Mantay is working with the committee to do a “walkability” survey, which will look at pedestrian amenities, speed limits, parking and how close buildings are to roads.

A new website features a list of “10 Great Reasons to Come to Reisterstown” as well as an interactive map of the area.

Mantay said a meeting that business owners will be invited to will be held in February, and a public kickoff meeting will be held in March, with both dates to be announced.

The Main Street Committee meets every Monday at Reter’s Crab House at 10 a.m. The meetings are open to the public.

kathy gambrill January 31, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Hi Joan, Your dues are due next month. You may send a check to R.I.A.- PO Box 856 Reisterstown, Md 21136. They are $25 for one year. If you ever need information, you may email me at ria@gambrill.net. I'll be happy to answer any questions Thank you! Kathy Gambrill,membership chair
Michelle S. February 04, 2013 at 01:33 PM
I think revitalization is necessary. I think the biggest turn off is the place doesn't seem inviting enough. The shops, in old homes that line Main Street, is a great idea but look like they are falling apart, need a new coat of paint, or just plain need to be beautified. I don't see many "new" shops or similar reasons to visit. I do see a lot of Consignment shops and after one or two, you want to find something else. Not to mention during the winter you will see less foot traffic - it's cold! The street lights are nice, regarding beautifying, however mini gardens, more placement of trash recepticals, more cross walks, this would be ideal. I could even see Middle School/High School students get involved with community clean up projects too. There's options and potential, but there has to be a true desire to make Reisterstown Main Street more desirable.
Buck Harmon February 04, 2013 at 01:49 PM
I completely agree that the meeting time limits the opportunity for many to participate, I'd love to get involved, but the meeting time just doesn't work at all...damn shame..
Buck Harmon February 04, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Great that they meet every week though...how about staggering the meetings throughout the month..
Mary Molinaro February 26, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Great ideas everyone -- the morning meetings provide an opportunity to those who can meet during the day. However, you can always attend the Reisterstown Improvement Association monthly meetings (3rd Tuesday of each month, 7pm @ Long & Foster). This is the Association formed in 2010 after the workshop to include property owners, business owners, and community residents interested in improving Main Street and includes the committee work of the morning meetings. Come participate and see what exciting things can be done in Reisterstown!

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