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Crisfield City Council Supports Hotel and Conference Center Proposal

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CRISFIELD, Md.- On Wednesday, the Crisfield City Council approved 5-0 a motion to support a project that aims to bring a new hotel and conference center to the area.

Business owners and community members packed the city hall in a meeting to discuss the proposal.

"We feel that that's the growth, that's economic engine that will help spur development here in this town," says Jay Tawes a local business owner.

The project, presented by The Greater Crisfield Action Coalition (GCAC), and Ocean City developer Peck Miller focuses on "turning historic Crisfield into a unique, cultural Jewel of the Eastern Shore."

The plan to build "The New Crisfield" has five components: a hotel on the waterfront, to be built in stages with private funding, a conference center for small retreats and conferences, the Watermen’s Memorial Park, a multi-story parking garage and boardwalks.

The project is still in its early stages but business owners believe it's what's needed to help the town move forward.

"The businesses in this town are hurting so if something doesn't change we're gonna die and there's not gonna be anything left," says Mary Frances Davis owner of two shops in town.

According to the proposal for preliminary design work, a $150,000 grant is needed to kick start the efforts and to "develop specific conceptual and schematic design studies for the hotel, conference center, park, parking garage, and boardwalks."

The city now will start a committee alongside local business owners to start moving the project forward.

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