The Maryland Main Street Program
The Sykesville Main Street Association was created in 2011. It is a part of the Main Street Maryland Program. The program strives to strengthen the economic potential of Maryland’s traditional main streets and neighborhoods. Main Street Maryland selects communities who have made a commitment to succeed and helps them improve the economy, appearance and image of their traditional downtown business districts through the Main Street five point approach for commercial revitalization, which is organized into the following committees: Design, Organization, Promotion, Economic Restructuring, and Green, Clean & Safe.
During its 6 years of operations the Sykesville Main Street Association has accomplished so much for the residents of Sykesville, its visitors, and the merchant community. From the creation of the community garden, the development of the South branch skatepark, the restoration of the Main Street sign and the bike rack installation to the design of a 7 events yearly calendar; form the administration of state grants like the Downtown Lighting, Facade Improvement Program, the the Nonprofit Assistance fund that financed the Farmers Market, to the creation of the Shop Small Passports and Carroll Business Academy for local small businesses.
The Sykesville Main Street Association is thrilled to continue its journey as the Downtown Sykesville Connection, a stand-alone community non-profit striving to foster a vibrant downtown through economic development, promotion, design, and green initiatives.
The Downtown Sykesville Connection will keep showcasing our small town through a rich calendar of events crafted to cater to residents of all ages and visitors seeking unique experiences and new trends. The Downtown Sykesville Connection will remain focused on the beautification of our town and the preservation of its historical heritage.
The Design Committee takes charge of enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging supportive new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning.
Design Chair: Dana Alonzi
Design Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6 pm, contact DowntownSykesvilleConnection@gmail.com for the latest location information.
The Organization Committee is charged with building consensus and cooperation among the many groups and individuals who have a role in the revitalization process.
Organization Chair: Mary Ellen Will
Organization Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of each month, at 7pm at E.W. Beck’s Pub.
The Promotion Committee works on marketing the traditional commercial district’s assets to customers, potential investors, new businesses, local citizens and visitors.
Promotion Chair: Lisa Berman & Rich Austin
Promotion Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm at the DSC Office.
The Economic Development Committee works to strengthen the district’s existing economic base while finding ways to expand it to meet new opportunities and challenges from outlying development.
Economic Development Chair: Mary Vaccarino
Economic Development Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8pm at the DSC Office.
Green, Clean & Safe
The Green, Clean & Safe Committee seeks to make Sykesville a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, work, and play, while promoting individual responsibility for the community environment.
Green, Clean & Safe Chair: Laura Donnel
Green, Clean & Safe Meetings: 3rd Wednesday of the month at the DSC Office or the Sykesville ‘Eileen M. Merkle’ Community Garden, weather permitting, 7:15 pm, contact DowntownSykesvilleConnection@gmail.com for the latest location information.
Sykesville Facade Improvement 50/50 Matching Grant
The Façade Improvement Program offers matching funds for façade improvement. Building and/or business owners can apply for up to 50% percent of the cost of their improvement project. The maximum matching grant contribution by the Town is $ 5,000. The minimum grant contribution is $500. Work completed prior to a letter of commitment is not eligible for funding. The goal of the project is to encourage building renovation, historic preservation and improved economic vitality by providing funding to upgrade Downtown Sykesville building façades. Here is the application FacadeImprovementApplication
Sykesville’s Affiliations and Honors:
- Budget Travel magazine’s Coolest Small Town in America
- Maryland Designated Sustainable Community
- Maryland Municipal League Banner City
- A Maryland Main Street Designation
- Maryland’s Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area
- National Register of Historic Places
- National Main Street Program – 2013 Accreditation
- Sykesville awarded the 2013 MML Achievement Award for Tourism