Baltimore County Now
Amy Mantay, Interim Main Street Manager
Baltimore County Planning Department
The Reisterstown Main Street Committee has taken a giant leap of faith this Spring. Focused on obtaining Main Street Maryland designation for the core of Main Street in historic Reisterstown, the Committee is working very hard to get a running start on revitalization. The group reached out to business and property owners, as well as the community at-large, to get ideas and input. Now it’s time to begin looking at all the projects on the Reisterstown “To-Do” list.
For a village that began with a tract of land purchased by John Reister in 1758, now, over 250 years later, Reisterstown still evokes the spirit of a quaint village. With its two-lane road lined by small residential and commercial structures, Main Street is the heart of Reisterstown. And it’s this character that the Main Street Committee wishes to protect and promote.
Using the guiding principles of the Main Street Maryland program five sub-committees have been formed to direct the Committee’s revitalization efforts: Design; Economic Restructuring; Promotion; Organization; and Clean, Safe, & Green. Each of these committees is seeking volunteers to help with the projects that will lead to lively, more vibrant Main Street.
The Design Committee is beginning to look at issues such as public parking, crosswalks, traffic speed, and road design issues along Main Street. Economic Restructuring wants to form a stronger partnership with existing merchants in order create a strategy to increase their customer base and visitors to Main Street, as well as develop a plan to encourage new businesses to locate in the area. Fundraising and volunteer recruitment is the initial focus of the Organization Committee. If you’re local, they may be reaching out to you soon or you may see them at some of the community events the Promotion Committee is planning for the summer. The Clean, Safe, & Green Committee is already committed to working with merchants to create a Merchants on Patrol program to increase security awareness. They are also organizing Main Street clean-ups this Spring and Summer, so if you see them pulling weeds or picking up trash stop by and lend a hand!
The Main Street area also benefits from Baltimore County Commercial Revitalization District designation. This designation provides business and property owners access to County programs such as Architect-on-Call, the Building Improvement Loan Program, Commercial Revitalization Tax Credits, and Commercial Revitalization Action Grants.
For more information about the Main Street Committee or to volunteer for a committee or project, please contact the Interim Main Street Manager, Amy Mantay at 410-887-3480 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Also, check out Reisterstown Main Street on Facebook and the website:baltimorecountymd.gov/go/reisterstown