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Carroll County Receives $225K for Community Improvements

Westminster, Skyesville and Taneytown get a boost from Maryland.

Businesses in downtown Sykesville may receive matching funds for facade improvements.
Businesses in downtown Sykesville may receive matching funds for facade improvements.

Some commercial properties in Carroll County may get a facelift this spring with help from the state, and Sykesville will be a bit brighter.

Three areas in Carroll County received a total of $225,000 in state grant money, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development announced Tuesday.

Westminster, Sykesville and Taneytown received grants to improve their downtown areas through the state's Community Legacy program, which helps strengthen communities by issuing funds to support commercial revitalization and business retention.

The city of Westminster received $75,000 for its facade improvement program, which will provide grants to business owners or tenants in the Westminster Sustainable Community Area who provide 50 percent of the funding themselves.

The town of Sykesville received $50,000 to improve lighting in the downtown area. Money will go toward restoring and repairing four historic lamp posts, buying lights for the area between an alley and a parking lot and adding lighting to the Main Street gazebo.

Sykesville also received a $50,000 grant for its facade improvement program, which provides 50 percent of funding for commercial property and business owners making facade improvements and enhancements for people with disabilities.

The city of Taneytown received a facade grant too for $50,000. To receive grants, property owners must provide 50 percent of the money for a project, which falls under the Maryland Standards of Rehab and Review Committee conditions.

Maryland announced Tuesday that it is providing $5.5 million in local projects through its Community Legacy program this year.

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