Design means getting Main Street into top physical shape. Capitalizing on its best assets — such as historic buildings and pedestrian-oriented streets — is just part of the story. An inviting atmosphere, created through attractive window displays, parking areas, building improvements, street furniture, signs, sidewalks, street lights, and landscaping, conveys a positive visual message about the commercial district and what it has to offer. Design activities also include instilling good maintenance practices in the commercial district, enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging appropriate new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning.
Brunswick Main Street’s Design Committee works hard to create an attractive Downtown for people to visit, interact, live, and work. Through offering a facade grant program, creating and implementing a Downtown Masterplan, and working to improve our green spaces we are doing our part to making Brunswick’s Downtown a destination for citizens and tourists alike.
If you are a downtown business or property owner that is participating in the Facade Grant Program, you can view the design guidelines here Facade Grant_Design_Guidelines Rev1
- Investing the remainder of our $200,000 NBW Facade Grant into our downtown buildings – COMPLETED
- Barrel Planters
- Wayfinding Signage
- Mosaic Mural
- Beginning the process of managing the recently awarded $50,000 facade grant
- Pole Banner Project
The Design Committee meets at 5pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Main Street Office located at 8 N. Maple Ave.
Brunswick Main Street was awarded $200,000 through the DHCD’s program the Neighborhood Business Works (NBW). We used this money to create a facade grant program for buildings that qualify in our downtown.
The Facade Grant Program has been completed and Main Street has reapplied for additional grant funding. Another grant has been awarded in the amount of $50,000.
Completed Facade Projects
13, 15, 17 West Potomac Street (completed)
Purchased by the Brown family, this project received $72,000 for its facade work. This has been a really great project to watch from beginning to end. The interior, completely renovated, is now housed by Two Rivers Yarns and Head Quarters Barber and Styling Salon. The upstairs has been rented out to residents looking to be downtown and right in the middle of the action of Downtown Revitalization.
15 /17 East Potomac Street &
19 East Potomac Street (completed)
The Fall of 2008 saw the approval of the Facade Grant project Sharon and Ted Lapkoff submitted to revitalize their property. Their building was joined with a continuous facade to 15/17 East Potomac St., which completed its Facade Grant work. Both of these owners participated in the About Face Program with the University of Maryland, a cooperative effort with Main Street. Returning these two facades closer to their original style and and detail is a great benefit for the overall beautification of the Square Corner Park area.
3/5 South Maple Avenue (on hold)
This property will get a new look for the street side of the building, but the really exciting news is the rear courtyard and multilevel deck. A new precedent has been set for buildings facing the Railroad Station and Railroad Square. Through the Facade Grant program the Brunswick Historic District has been given the go ahead at the state level to begin reorienting its main business areas to appeal to the commuter gateway. If you have a business or property which faces toward main commuter pathways, contact Main Street to investigate if you can be eligible for assistance.