Laurel gets Downtown Development District


From left, Rep. Tim Dukes, Mayor John Shwed and Council President Chris Calio at the Downstate Development District announcement in Smyrna. 

Governor Jack Markell announced that Laurel will have a designated Downtown Development District. That designation makes it easier and more attractive to invest in Laurel’s business district, Broad Creek waterfront, and surrounding historic homes.

Whether you are a developer, existing business owner, or current resident who would like to upgrade your historic home, being in a Downtown Development District will help make your investment pay off.

Learn more about the DDD

View or download the one-page summary. 

Be a part of the plan!

How do you reimagine Laurel? When envisioning its future, what does it look like? We have embarked on an update of Laurel’s comprehensive plan and we want to hear from you.

Over the next few months, we will provide multiple opportunities to communicate: meetings, yes, but also an online survey, discussion opportunities on this website, speaking to your church or civic group, an Instagram feed, and our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

To honor the town’s agricultural heritage – and have a lot of fun doing it – the community got together on July 17 and painted a watermelon bus under the tutelage of artist John Donato.

Read more about it.

Sept. 29: Learn about Laurel’s DDD

You can learn more about what Laurel's Downtown Development District designation means at a meeting on Tuesday, September 29 at the Laurel Public Library. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. If you live or own a commercial property within the district, rehabilitating or upgrading that property will become much more attractive because of local and state incentives. State grants are available for qualifying projects as small as $15,000. Besides the state DDD grants, DDDs receive [...]

September 10th, 2016|Laurel|0 Comments

State gives green light to Laurel’s future

Laurel's proposed Downtown Development District Entrepreneurs, developers and homeowners who wants to reinvest in Laurel's downtown and Broad Creek waterfront will soon have access to a state pool of more than $8.5 million. On Tuesday, August 2, the state Cabinet Committee on State Planning Issues recommended Laurel as one of five small towns to receive a Downtown Development District designation. The proposed DDD area includes the Broad Creek waterfront encompassing the proposed Ramble [...]

August 3rd, 2016|Laurel|0 Comments