The Maryland Main Street Program
The Sykesville Main Street Organization is a part of the Maryland Main Street Program. The program strives to strengthen the economic potential of Maryland’s traditional main streets and neighborhoods. Using a competitive process, 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. To accomplish Main Street goals, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center, which developed the Main Street Four Point Approach for commercial revitalization, which is organized into the following committees.
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: Rachael Beck
Promotion Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm at E.W. Beck’s Pub.
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: Rich Austin
Economic Development Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8pm at E.W. Beck’s Pub
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: Whitney Thompson
Green, Clean & Safe Meetings: 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Town House, 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