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Bed and Breakfasts in Newtown Historic District

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SALISBURY, Md. - It's turning something old into something new again.  The Salisbury City Council has allowed bed and breakfasts in the Newtown Historic District of the city and the council continues to take steps towards finalizing the details of operating the businesses.

The Newtown Historic District has numerous homes more than a century old that could serve as the perfect setting for a bed and breakfast in the neighborhood.  WBOC spoke with some neighbors who are looking forward to the new additions to their community.

"The people that are going to come and be patrons of that bed and breakfast are going to be people who are here to vacation, who want to socialize, who may potentially buy a home in this area and fix it up themselves," said Michaelene Willman of Salisbury.

Angie Hartley also lives in the neighborhood and would like to see the bed and breakfasts in either occupied homes, or have people come to the neighborhood to revitalize some of the unused properties.

"It make me sad to see homes that are in disrepair and, and they're vacant," Hartley said.  "So anything for me that brings people into the homes, gets them restored,  improves our neighborhood, that's a great thing by me."

However, not everyone is on board with the B&B's.  WBOC spoke with Kay Gibson who lives on Isabella Street and believes the addition of bed and breakfasts is going to do more harm than good.  Gibson raised concerns over noise and traffic and says she moved to the historic district because the homes were zoned for single families.

"If I wanted to live in a commercial area, that's where I would have bought.  I feel very betrayed by the city," said Gibson.

But the city council has already voted to allow the bed and breakfasts and is now working to finalize the process of owning a new business.  At the upcoming council meeting, the city council will be establishing the permit and fees for new bed and breakfast owners in Salisbury.

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