The Town of Sykesville is requesting residents and their friends come out to its Mayor and Town Council meeting Monday to share what kind of economic development they’d like to see in town.
The meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m., Jan. 14, at the Sykesville Town House, has time allotted for the council to hear public comments from residents about development — specifically on the 714 Sandosky Road property.
The town purchased the property in 2016 for $730,000 through financing primarily to “secure additional parking to support downtown business patrons and event attendees, and control and guide the future development of the property to ensure the use complements the future of Downtown Sykesville,” states a flier that was sent out with an email from the town informing residents of the meeting.
The release also states two business proposals were submitted to the town for the development of retail and office spaces in 2017, but that the town “halted consideration of the two proposals over concerns for parking space shortfalls, offer price, and to consider the property’s role within an overall plan for the community.”
Although local business owners were asked in a survey what they wanted to see in 2047, Mike McMullin, president of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, said the answers undoubtedly were indicative of what they want to see now: new life on Main Streets.
In late 2018, 1623 Brewing Company approached the town to possibly purchase the property for a brewery and tap room and is still interested, but the town administration recommended the Mayor and Town Council keep the property and develop it as a municipal building so the current Police Department building could be turned into a community center and the Town House could be sold to increase economic development on Main Street.
The Mayor and Town Council voted 4-3 against that option, according to the release, and decided they wanted to use the property for economic development and business use.
“Come tell the council what kind of economic development you want!” the release states.
Downtown Sykesville Connection Executive Director Julie Della-Maria said Thursday that the DSC and downtown merchants support the use of the property for economic development, and that the DSC hopes that 1623 Brewing has “not given up entirely on Sykesville.”