Upper Marlboro officials submitted an application for the Maryland Sustainable Communities program, which will make the town eligible for improvement grants if accepted.
The application had to be submitted before Oct. 1 , and now town officials are waiting to see if the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will approve the application, making it possible for the town to go forward with some refurbishing, said Stephen Sonnett, board of town commissioners president. One of the town’s plans is to fix up the buildings in the downtown area, hoping it will provide some economic growth if it looks fixed up, he said.
“We would start laying the groundwork for private investment, making it more attractive to businesses,” Sonnett said. “...try to improve the economic viability of downtown.”
Sonnett said he anticipates hearing back from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development sometime in October, but there is no set date for a response from the state.