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First stage of Edgewood spruce-up to be outlined


County planners will describe to County Council members Tuesday the first stage of a proposed revitalization project that would bring new sidewalks and improved lighting to the U.S. 40 business area in Edgewood.

The public hearing on the administration's request to move $60,000 from the Highways Capital Projects Fund into a Route 40 Streetscape Fund will be at 6 p.m. in council chambers.

Members of the Edgewood-Route 24 Task Force and the county's recently established Edgewood Planning Council have drafted a plan for upgrading the U.S. 40 corridor from the Route 24 ramp that is under construction west to the Route 152 intersection.

The first leg of the project would focus on the center of the strip -- the shopping district anchored by the Edgewater Village and Ames shopping centers on U.S. 40.

Eventually -- with financial contributions from business owners and other private sources -- the planners hope that landscaping, decorative lamp posts with colorful banners, and new sidewalks will stretch to several hubs of activity along U.S. 40 and Routes 24 and 755 in Edgewood.

The $60,000 in county funds will match state funds already appropriated for the project.

The council has several other public hearings scheduled Tuesday, including one on a proposed property tax credit for Sunbeam Plastics Inc.

The Indiana-based bottle-cap maker announced plans in January build a multimillion-dollar manufacturing plant in the Riverside Business Park after receiving an incentive package that promised up to $150,000 in county property tax credits.

That hearing is also scheduled for 6 p.m.

During its legislative session, which begins at 8 p.m., the council is expected to consider resolutions endorsing two state bond bills being considered by the General Assembly. The bonds would raise money to support the Maritime Museum in Havre de Grace and make improvements to the Ladew Topiary Gardens near Monkton.

The council will also hear from Board of Education officials who are seeking approval to move an additional $720,000 in school construction money to the Havre de Grace Elementary modernization project.

The 50-year-old school needs $3.1 million in improvements to the classrooms, electrical and mechanical systems, lighting fixtures, floors and carpeting, said school spokesman Donald Morrison.

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