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Revitalization consultant to attend public meeting

July 08, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

BOONSBORO - The consultant making recommendations to the Town of Boonsboro about how to revitalize the downtown area will have a final public meeting with a town agency next week, town officials said during Monday's Boonsboro Town Council meeting.

Representatives of consultant Mary Means & Associates Inc. of Alexandria, Va., are expected to present the final draft of a written report to the Boonsboro Economic Development Commission at its meeting July 14 at 7 p.m. at Shafer Park Community Center, town officials said.

The commission members will go over the report and then take the commission's suggestions to the Boonsboro Town Council at a future meeting, Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman said.

The town has used its funds plus a $25,000 state grant to pay for a $49,100 contract with the company.

The consultant is following up on suggestions the Economic Development Commission made in a 1996 Comprehensive Development Plan, Jackie Barton, an associate of Mary Means and Associate, has said.

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Means and others from her consulting firm have met with government and business representatives, as well as residents, to talk about how the downtown could be improved.

In an earlier draft, the consultants proposed, among other things, developing a program to help businesses pay for facade improvements, such as a revolving loan fund.

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