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Posted on: June 1, 2021

Downtown Streetscape Study Continues; Second Public Meeting to be held on June 22

The Downtown Streetscape Study is continuing! After an initial public workshop,  many focus groups, and a community-wide survey, The Downtown Frederick Partnership and The City of Frederick will host a second public workshop on June 22, 2021, at 6:30 PM. The project consultant, Design Collective, will present its findings and discuss streetscape concepts for the study area as short-, mid-, and long-term recommendations begin to develop. 


This study was launched in late April 2021 and aimed to create thoughtful design solutions, set priorities, and determine a framework for future streetscape improvements for the many users (pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, etc.) and uses (shopping, dining, events, city services, etc.) of the downtown streets. Design Collective and RK&K are studying the streetscapes of Market Street (between South & 7th St) and Patrick Street (between Bentz & East St). For both streets, the streetscape includes a 60-foot zone from building face to building face. A final presentation of the findings to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen is slated for July 2021.  

Frederick's current downtown streetscape was successfully implemented in the early 1990s when the city undergrounded utilities. However, streetscape deficiencies have become apparent during recent years as downtown has experienced a strong revitalization and as the current facilities have aged. Limitations in the existing streetscape have been further magnified due to recent COVID-related needs and overall trends toward complete streets supporting multi-modal transportation, accessible pedestrian routes, social distancing, outdoor dining, and friendly parking.  

For more information regarding this study and to view the gathering public feedback to date, visit

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