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Description

This project provides for revitalizing commercial areas throughout Montgomery County with a focus on older commercial properties. The objective is to provide support to small businesses and to encourage private investment. Improvements will include gateway signage, pedestrian lighting, connectivity, streetscape elements, plant material installation, acquisition of long term facade and center signage easements, and other amenities. The Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) will begin the project with a focus on commercial areas proximate to residential improvement projects currently underway in DHCA's Focused Neighborhood Assistance program, which will serve as a complement to existing redevelopment efforts that are already in progress. This program will provide a comprehensive approach and balance residential and commercial revitalization activities in these aging communities. This program is not limited to the initially identified commercial areas and may also be expanded to other communities in the County.
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Phase

Ongoing

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$5.68M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$3.51M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Location

  • ADDRESS: The project focus will initially include five commercial areas identified by DHCA, located in the Glenmont and Layhill Shopping Centers, Montgomery Village, Hillandale, and the Wheaton Central Business District. Three of the targeted areas, Wheaton, Montgomery Village and a portion of Hillandale were also selected in part due to their location in Montgomery County's Opportunity Zones. However, this program may expand to other commercial areas throughout the County for additional implementation flexibility.
  • PLANNING AREA: Countywide
  • REGIONAL SERVICE AREA: All
  • COUNCIL DISTRICTS: Countywide
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Estimated Schedule

Schedule change to reflect accelerated implementation of a facade easement project in FY22. White Oak neighborhood facade improvements will begin in FY24.
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Cost Change

Addition of FY29 and FY30 to this ongoing project.
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Justification

As older commercial areas throughout the County continue to age, it is important for the County to provide technical and financial assistance to assure those aging properties are improved to meet today's commercial standards and demands. The Countywide Facade Easement Program will require participants to maintain their properties for a negotiated term, with the intent to leverage investment provided by the public sector to encourage private property and business owners to make physical improvements to their buildings. The objective is to provide more attractive and aesthetically pleasing commercial environments that are safe shopping areas for residents and to generate a greater impact on the older commercial areas throughout the County.
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Other

DHCA will review various M-NCPPC master and sector plans to evaluate and identify specific commercial areas to participate in the program.
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Fiscal Note

Some areas may be eligible for the Federal Community Development Block Grant funding.

$500,000 in State Aid reflects State grants for capital projects awarded during the 2024 Maryland General Assembly session.

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Disclosures

Expenditures will continue indefinitely. The County Executive asserts that this project conforms to the requirement of relevant local plans, as required by the Maryland Economic Growth, Resource Protection and Planning Act.
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Coordination

Office of the County Executive, Regional Services Centers, Office of the County Attorney, Department of Permitting Services, Office of Procurement, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Maryland Department of the Environment, and Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation.
Budget Snapshot
$5.68M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$3.51M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP762102
Date Last Modified01/10/24
Administering AgencyHousing & Community Affairs
CategoryCommunity Development and Housing
SubCategoryCommunity Development
Planning AreaCountywide
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Total Expenditures by Cost Element (000s)
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Total Funding by Source (000s)
EXPENDITURES (000s)
Cost ElementsTotalThru FY23Est FY24Total 6 YearsFY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28FY 29FY 30Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision13451553518391401391401401401400
Land00000000000
Site Improvements and Utilities00000000000
Construction41000160025005004004004004004000
Other2330651683224282828280
Total Expenditures5678155201635076725635685685685680
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY23Est FY24Total 6 YearsFY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28FY 29FY 30Beyond 6 Years
Current Revenue: General487892127935076725635685685685680
Recordation Tax00000000000
Recordation Tax Premium (MCG)3006323700000000
State Aid500050000000000
Total Funding Sources5678155201635076725635685685685680
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 25 Request672
Year First AppropriationFY21
Appropriation FY 26 Request563
Last FY's Cost Estimate4542
Cumulative Appropriation2171
Expenditure / Encumbrances156
Unencumbered Balance2015