Resources and Tools
by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner
Starting September 8, 2021, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is accepting applications for two types of grants designed to assist Maryland businesses that plan to open or expand into previously vacant spaces.
Planning Assistance in Action
As part of a larger effort to decrease the amount of vacant and underutilized space within its downtown, in 2014 one Maryland municipality implemented a Central Business District Façade Program. This program, combined with enhanced marketing, a small business outreach program, and design funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission, led to improvements in the appeal, marketability, and aesthetics of a historic downtown and prompted new commercial lease signings. Another Maryland community leveraged over $800,000 in targeted state financing assistance to acquire and demolish eight blighted buildings and remediate hazardous material in a ninth. The dedicated collaboration of jurisdictions, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) realized these stories of community revitalization success through the application of Maryland’s Sustainable Communities Program. Continue reading