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Salisbury Hopes State Grant Will Help Downtown Area

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SALISBURY, Md.- The City of Salisbury is applying for a state grant that will beautify the downtown and hopefully bring more people to the area.

"An attractive downtown is going to serve to help draw people in the downtown area," said City Council President Jake Day.

The city has applied for a $150,000 grant that would be distributed to business owners. Joseph Hill owns Main Roots Coffee downtown and says he'd love to get some money to spruce things up.

"I would like to see the canopies out front get changed because they're getting old and kind of moldy, you know mildewy or whatever it is," he said.

And a few businesses could be helped by the grant.

"The grant is for $30,000 each, maximum. So it will help at least five business owners if we get it," Day said.

While some buildings are in need of help, Hill said he does see some possible restrictions.

"There are obviously some businesses that would need some remodeling, they'd obviously have to get together with the historic society and make sure everything could pass by them.  Because a lot of the buildings down here do have that stipulation that you have to run it by them before you can change anything," Hill said.

Many agree that now is Salisbury's time.

"It's gone back and forth and nothing ever seems to get done but it feels like there's a real energy now," Jesse Campbell said.

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