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Emmitsburg improvements get under way in earnest in 2016

Sarah Harrington

(3/2016) 2016 and 2017 is looking very promising years for the town of Emmitsburg with lots of improvements on the way. Mayor Briggs said he is exciting about the future of the town – starting with the much-anticipated return of the "Doughboy" statue in March.

Briggs also revealed that Stavros pizza will be re-opening under new owners in March. Main Street will also soon home to a new Italian/carryout restaurant in late spring. With the arrival of that restaurant, Briggs says that all commercial space on Main street will be at 100% capacity.

As the town welcomes more businesses onto Main Street the town’s revitalization efforts are progressing nicely. The sidewalk replacements on South Seton Ave. will begin this spring, followed by the installation of a sidewalk on the south side of East Lincoln Avenue, from Chesapeake St. to Creamery Rd.

The state will also begin work this year on replacing Flat Run bridge on East Main St. near the Jubilee. This is project, according to Briggs, will bring with it new sidewalks on both sides of the Street and connect Emmit Gardens to downtown Emmitsburg

The town will be seeking bids for the replacement of all the sidewalks and trees on West and East Main St. from Timber Mill Run to East North Ave. This will be SHA funded project that is estimated to cost $2,600,000. Work on this project is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017.

Applications are now being accepted for the dispersing of the town’s fourth annual Community Legacy grant funds. This will bring work on downtown properties to over $400,000 said Briggs.

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