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Developing Parking Lots Could Become Reality in Downtown Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md- If you happen drive into downtown Salisbury, you'll notice there's plenty of parking. It's provided by several municipal lots and a multi-story garage .

For years the city has been talking about doing more with those lots than just having cars sit there. Now it seems, those talks could finally become a reality.

That's why on Thursday the city is meeting with state representatives at the plaza, to talk about the vision it has for the lots. 

"We have made the worst decision any landowner could ever make we held on to the most valuable land in Salisbury and not done anything with it," said Jake Day, who is the city council's president.

Day didn't just stop at that statement on Wednesday, he said there are roughly six lots the city wants to revitalize. That means turning them into retail stores, apartments and even adding parks.

"We need the state, we want the state to come in to talk with us about how do we partner and how do we develop public private partnerships with the state as a partner at the table, to do just that," Day said.

Joseph Hill who is a coffee shop owner downtown said that in the 10 years he's lived in the city he has seen nothing but change and good change too. That's why he said the city's vision in developing the lots is not just a pipe dream.

"I definitely know there's a lot of people who wish they could move down here but there was a lack of apartments at the time," Hill said, "and there are a lot of bars and restaurants down here but I feel like there needs be more retail to draw people in." 

Charlie Mitchell said that he understands what the city wants to do but it's just talk that's been happening for years and it's no different now. 

"There are so many things that have opened here but then they shut down," Mitchell said, "people think it will work but it doesn't because the truth is there's ain't no work for anybody here."
 
Day added that no tax payer money will ever be used if the plans were to come to fruition.

 

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