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Potential New Program Looks to Spur Salisbury Riverfront Development

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SALISBURY, Md. - It's not hard to notice all the construction going on around Salisbury, and now the city wants to spur even more development along the riverfront through the Riverfront Construction Reimbursement Program.

The Salisbury Riverwalk allows people to enjoy walks along the water, but the walkway ends abruptly in places near vacant lots.

Mayor Jake Day said the city requires developers of properties along the river to build riverfront in certain districts.

"In conversations, what we found is this is a development requirement that the city places only on these areas, nowhere else in the city, and it frustrates and complicates development performers to the point where it makes development unfeasible," said Day.

That's where the Riverwalk Construction Reimbursement Program comes in. Day said the program would help developers recoup a portion of their costs over a 20 year time frame.

"In order to incentivize, which otherwise is just an added cost for development. This recognizes that we understand this is city infrastructure and we will help," said Day.

Developer Brad Gillis with Gillis Gilkerson said incentives are always helpful, especially along the riverfront.

"You have things associated with the river that make development that much more expensive," said Gillis.

An effort Day hopes will lead to more development in the city.

"We want these vacant parcels on our riverfront to be revitalized," said Day.

The Salisbury City Council will take a final vote to adopt the reimbursement program at their next meeting.

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