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Posted on: August 24, 2021

Farm Women’s Market Parks Creation Project

In November 2021, the Town Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution authorizing the appropriation of up to $4 million, subject to certain conditions, for a parks creation project as part of the redevelopment of the Farm Women’s Market site.  Town officials have been participating in discussions with the developers and the County’s Transportation and Parks departments, regarding a financing plan for the building of the underground garage and constructing parks on the land currently used for the two surface parking lots.

On February 9, 2022, Mayor Rush provided testimony to the County Council  regarding lack of funding for this project in the County Executive’s proposed Capital Improvement Program budget and Town efforts to encourage the County Executive to amend the proposed budget to include this project.  He also reported on meetings Vice Mayor Lane and he have held with six County Councilmembers, all of whom have expressed strong support for the creation of these parks.

In early April 2022, the Maryland General Assembly passed the capital budget for Fiscal Year 2023. The budget includes a total of $3.5 million earmarked to support the creation of new parks associated with the redevelopment of the Farm Women’s Market.  $3 million is included in this upcoming fiscal year, and another $500,000 is pre-authorized to be included in the budget for FY24.  In an April 7 letter, the Town Council extended its appreciation for State support for this vital project. 

The focus now is on the amount that the County expects to contribute, and how the County will memorialize its financial commitment. The County Executive has agreed to provide funds for the project, and the Town has been told that a budget amendment is expected to be sent to the County Council in early June.  We have also been told that, as part of a final package of financing, some changes to the Town’s current resolution of support may be requested.  The Town has not yet been shown the details of the County’s financial plan.

September 20, 2021 Presentation

On September 20, 2021, Town residents received an update on the project from EYA, Bernstein Management Corporation, and the County's Department of Transportation.  Links to materials from the September meeting are below.

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