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Bank of America completes project at urging of advisory group

by Terri Hogan

Staff Writer

A new stretch of sidewalk will make Olney’s town center more walkable, officials say.

The Olney Town Center Advisory Committee pushed for the project, and the Bank of America recently installed the short segment, which completes a pedestrian connection along the west side of Village Center Drive to the crossing of Md. 108.

“This new connection means that pedestrian on that side of the street no longer need to choose between walking across lawn or taking to the street to complete their trip,” said committee Chairman Jim Smith.

The committee’s Pedestrian Safety and Transportation subcommittee contacted the bank’s branch manager last summer about the sidewalk project.

“He put us in contact with the property manager, who considered the community’s request and acted on it, bearing the full cost of the improvement, which is located on their property,” Smith said. “This is a great example of the type of community spirit and cooperative partnership we have from businesses in the town center.”

Smith said this project was one of 13 connections or improvements pursued by the committee, of which nine have been completed or approved by government or private land owners.

The advisory committee comprises members from local civic organizations, homeowner associations, businesses and county agencies, and is chartered by the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission as part of the Olney Master Plan, approved in 2005.

More information about the committee is at