Main Street Maryland plans real estate development forum


Main Street Maryland will hold a real estate development workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Human Services Programs on Distillery Drive in Westminster.

A program of the Department of Housing and Community Development, Main Street Maryland designated Westminster a Main Street community last year.

The downtown revitalization program provides a framework for the comprehensive upgrade of downtowns and traditional commercial districts.

Topics to be covered are: learning the real estate development process, focusing on the development of existing commercial buildings; understanding market analysis, including what additional businesses may be supportable in downtown.

Other topics include understanding pro forma analysis, determining if a building's rehabilitation is economically feasible (participants should bring a calculator); and closing the gap, a discussion of 20 percent ITC and other means to make a project obtain a positive cash flow.

Participants will be given a one-hour lunch break.

Reservations are required by calling 410-848-2261.

Church news

Church of the Open Door: The church will present its Living Cross Easter musical drama, "The Veil," at 7 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and April 20 and 21 at the church, 550 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster. The drama will tell the life of Christ and include music by the church choir and orchestra. Admission is free. Information: 410- 848-8840.

Trinity Lutheran: Holy Week Services will begin with the celebration of Palm Sunday at 10: 30 a.m. on the steps of the old church. The church is at 833 Deer Park Road, Westminster, near Smallwood. Information: 410-848-8923.

Around town

Free meal: Shepherd's Staff will offer a free meal at noon today at Westminster United Methodist Church, 165 E. Main St. Information: 410-857-5944.

Basket bingo: Carroll Hospice will hold its annual basket bingo fund-raiser today at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Information: 410-871-8000.

Dinner, bingo: Westminster Volunteer Fire Department will hold dinner at 5 p.m. and bingo at 7 p.m. today at the John Street quarters, 28 John St. Information: 410-848-1800.

Free meal: Westminster Church of the Brethren will offer a free meal from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow at Park Place and Bond Street, Westminster. Information: 410-848-8090.

Westminster High: The drama "Broadway Dreams" will be presented at 7: 30 p.m. today and 3 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow. Information: 410-751-3630.

Square dance: Gingham Square Dance Club will have a Puddle Promenade square dance from 8 p.m. to 10: 30 p.m. tomorrow at William Winchester Elementary School, 70 Monroe St., Westminster. Dan and Linda Prosser will be the guests. Bob Harrison is caller and Deb Barbe is cuer. Information: 410-876-3746.


Westminster: A resident of Gallatin Court told police Monday his truck was damaged while it was parked in front of his home. Damage was estimated at $300.

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