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Business Owners Discuss Main Street's Future

About 35 people gathered at Bubb’s Deli in Reisterstown Tuesday morning to discuss the Main Street Maryland program.

While Reisterstown’s Main Street Committee is keeping its focus on earning the town Maryland’s Main Street designation, the group wants to improve the town through any means.

“We need all the ideas we can get from everyone in town,” said Calvin Reter, a member of the committee and the Reisterstown Improvement Association (RIA).

The Main Street Committee held a breakfast meeting with business and property owners at Bubb’s Deli on Tuesday morning. The meeting, which was attended by about 35 people, allowed the committee to give an overview of the program and its progress and served as a forum for business owners to share ideas and talk about challenges.

The committee has been meeting every Monday morning at Reter’s Crab House to work on earning the designation, which would bring benefits like on-site visits and design assistance from the state, training on commercial revitalization, education about grants and loans in addition to increased visibility. Five required subcommittees—organization, design, promotion, economic restructuring and clean, safe and green—have recently starting meeting as well.

Meeting attendees suggested a variety of ways to improve Main Street, including more handicapped accessibility, more networking, business-to-business mentoring, consistent retail hours and better property upkeep.

Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond suggested hiring high school students, church groups and interns as ways to increase manpower in retail shops. Tony Baysmore, special assistant to Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, also attended the meeting.

A Main Street kickoff meeting open to the public will be held March 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 109 Main Street.

The Main Street Committee meets every Monday morning at 10 a.m. at Reter’s Crab House.

Rachel February 26, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Good afternoon! The Village of Chartleytowne has been a part of Reisterstown by providing homes to its residents for the last 30+ years. We would love to get involved! Can anyone attend the meeting on Monday's at Reter's?
Phil February 26, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Chartleytowne can get involved immediately - it would help the appearance of our community if you would stop placing your "stick in the ground" signs along our right-of-ways. Aside from detracting from the looks of the area they are also illegal.
Marc Shapiro (Editor) February 26, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Yes, those meetings are open to everyone. If you need any more info let me know. Marc.Shapiro@patch.com
Rachel March 04, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Thank you, Marc! Mr Phil, if there is a specific location that concerns you, please contact me at rclift@morgan-properties.com. We contract the service and do not always see exactly where signs are placed but can request that signs not be placed in an area of concern. Although the signs are against code, the county and local businesses are understanding of the need for extra marketing and most are fine with the signs as long as the signs are only placed on the weekends.

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