Revised revitalization proposal for Union Bridge to be unveiled


Revisions to an ambitious plan to beautify Union Bridge will be presented at a public meeting tonight at the town Community Center.

The proposals include a town square, new sidewalks, a unified business district, public parking and benches, and the tidying of utility lines, mailboxes and parking meters.

Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. and Joan McKee, who heads the Union Bridge Revitalization Committee, said they hope the community will turn out for the meeting and respond to the plan. "From what I've seen so far, I think it's going to be very attractive for the town, and hopefully, it's going to be what the people of the town would like to see happen," Jones said.

The presentation, which begins at 7 p.m., will be given by representatives of the State Highway Administration and the consulting firm Whitney Bailey Cox and Magnani LLP of Baltimore.

About two dozen people attended a meeting in April to outline a preliminary plan, and their suggestions have been incorporated into the final proposal to be reviewed tonight, said Deepa Srinivasan, director of planning for the consulting firm, which has been working with the committee for months.

In response to the suggestions, Srinivasan said, the new plan reduces the number of proposed crosswalks on Main Street (Route 75) from seven to two.

Preliminary estimates place the total cost of the proposed changes at roughly $750,000.

Once a plan is accepted, the town would have to compete with others around the state for grant money for the revitalization work, the mayor said.

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