The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and Maryland Department of Planning have designated Reisterstown a sustainable community. Reisterstown now qualifies to apply for state money for projects that advance commercial revitalization, provide financing to small businesses, support business retention and attraction, and encourage home ownership.
"We are pleased that the state has recognized the potential to re-energize Reisterstown's historic commercial area," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "The county's Department of Planning has been working with the community to help identify key projects where state and county investment can strengthen the small locally owned businesses along Reisterstown's main street."
Reisterstown is a designated national historic district founded in 1758. As with many historic communities, Reisterstown has experienced decline in its traditional commercial corridor.
Working with the community and small business owners, the county will develop programs that capitalize on the potential of the historic buildings along main street Reisterstown, including activities to attract more customers to the locally owned businesses in the area.
Possible promotional activities include a buy local campaign, farmers market and Clean Green 15 (monthly 15-minute clean-ups), according to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's website.
"Reisterstown joins Hillendale/Parkville/Overlea, Greater Dundalk, Towson, and Catonsville/Patapsco with an important designation that can lead to additional state funding for projects that will continue our investment in these communities," said Baltimore County Council Chairwoman Cathy Bevins.
According to the state, sustainable communities are places where public and private investments and partnerships achieve:
- Development of a healthy local economy;
- Protection and appreciation of historical and cultural resources;
- A mix of land uses;
- Affordable and sustainable housing, and employment options;
- Growth and development practices that protect the environment and conserve air, water and energy resources, encourage walkability and recreational opportunities, and where available, create access to transit.