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RIA Update: Main Street Directories Coming, County Looking to Help

Ever forget where you want to go while strolling on Main Street? New outside directories are on their way.

The Reisterstown Improvement Association plans to install outdoor Main Street directories and may see some help from Baltimore County in its efforts to revitalize the historic area.

The group recently purchased two podiums to house Main Street directories. The group is currently putting the finishing touches on the directories, making sure all Main Street businesses are included, RIA president Glenn Barnes said at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Baltimore County Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond came to the meeting bearing good news as well. Although it may not start until the fall, county planning director Andrea Van Arsdale is looking to get Reisterstown into a pilot program through Main Street Maryland, Almond said. Perry Hall will also be included in the program.

“Someone will be assigned to Reisterstown and Perry Hall for two years to get things moving,” Almond said.

The particulars would still need to be worked out, but Almond said some new ideas, new funding and new grant opportunities could come out of the program. It may not get started until the fall, after the county finishes its CZMP process. Every four years, the county conducts a Comprehensive Zoning Map Process, also known as CZMP. Through that process, any citizen can submit a petition to request a change to the zoning on any given piece of property.

“We’re on the radar and [Van Arsdale] said she’d come out and talk to us about it,” Almond said.

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