City leaders are focusing attention on Salisbury’s downtown, seeking ways to redevelop strategic areas with a dynamic mix of projects. The Mayor’s Office, along with the City Council, is spearheading ways to revive the downtown of the Eastern Shore’s largest city.
The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP), supporting Salisbury’s efforts, convened a meeting of state agency heads in October to outline potential support for downtown revitalization. See Secretary Richard E. Hall’s October 28, 2013 letter to the editor, “Richard E. Hall’s opinion: Salisbury, Wicomico poised to grow strategically,” published in the Salisbury Daily Times. State agencies like the Department of Housing and Community Development can provide community revitalization funding through a variety of programs, and MDP can provide technical assistance with land-use planning.
The Mayor’s Office has studied ways to transform expansive parking lots that separate downtown from the riverfront into a vibrant mixed-use urban center. Following release of a city request for proposals to develop three downtown parking lots, city officials entered into a predevelopment agreement with local developer/builder Harkins Downtown, LLC for redeveloping Lots 1 & 11.
Harkins proposes to build 200 apartments, 46,000 square feet of retail, 17,600 square feet of public space, a boutique hotel and restaurant, outdoor amenities and a parking garage. See City Unveils Developer’s Salisbury Parking Lot Plans in The (Salisbury) Daily Times.
The predevelopment agreement runs until January 2015. During that time, Harkins will provide more specifics about the project and city officials will not actively seek other proposals.
The city's "A Plan for Transformation 2012-2020" also calls for increasing the number of jobs and creating new housing. The City Council has implemented parts of the plan, including:
identifying surplus downtown city parking lots
creating an incentive for redevelopment in downtown by waiving water and sewer connection charges in a new EDU Zone
See Salisbury's redevelopment in progress in our story map highlighting 17 venues.
This 3D representation of downtown Salisbury depicts a scenario to redevelop a 3.5-acre parking lot bounded by Division, Camden and West Market streets and Circle Avenue known as Lot 1.
This 3D representation shows a 2.9-acre city-owned lot, at the intersection US 13 and US 50 known as Lot 10.
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