Comm. legacy money comes to Worcester towns

Nov. 30, 2012) Worcester County claimed $270,000 in awards from the $5.5 million in the state’s Community Legacy program this year, with the Ocean City Development Corporation receiving $150,000 for its efforts downtown.

The awards were announced Wednesday by Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and Secretary Raymond A. Skinner of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the state agency which manages the program.

“These awards will go a long way to promoting economic growth, community revitalization, affordable housing and tourism,” Brown said. “I salute the hard work of the recipients of this year’s awards, and their commitment to their communities, which will greatly benefit cities and towns all over our state.”

The OCDC received three awards for $50,000 each. They are: n Façade Improvement Program to enhance the exterior of older buildings in downtown Ocean City between the inlet and 17th Street. n Business Assistance Program to provide financial assistance to new and existing businesses to upgrade the interior of commercial establishments. n St. Louis Avenue street enhancements to provide decorative streetlights into the city’s comprehensive street improvement project.

Elsewhere in the county, Berlin received $50,000 for the continuation of its façade program, as did Snow Hill.

Pocomoke City received $10,000 for its MarVa Theater Digital Cinema Server, $3,000 for a Delmarva Discovery Center backup generator and $7,000 for repairs to its Sturgis African American One-Room School Museum.

The goal of Community Legacy is to provide local governments and community development organizations with funding for essential projects aimed at strengthening communities through activities such as retaining and attracting businesses and encouraging homeownership and commercial revitalization.

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