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Community Development

The Town of Emmitsburg is committed to advancing the economy, image, and quality of life through Community Development in areas such as:

New State of the Art Wastewater Treatment Plant
 In July 2015, the Town of Emmitsburg unveiled a $19.5 million new state of the art wastewater treatment plant designed for a treatment capacity of 750,000 gallons.  The plant exceeds all the Maryland Department of the Environment and United States Department of Agriculture requirements.  The power for this plant is provided solely by Phase II of the solar array.

Town Square Revitalization Strategy

Beginning in 2012, the Town embarked on a number of citizen hearings and design charrettes regarding the reconstruction of the Town Square (intersection of Main St and Seton Avenue).  The SHA was involved in this process and has now agreed to take over the engineering and design.  The Town, through grant funding, will provide the amenity funding for the project (benches, signage, etc)   A four sided clock for the project has been donated by Mount Saint Mary’s University.   The project has been expanded to include replacement of sidewalks and trees on West and East Main Street from Timbermill Run to East North Street.  The cost of the complete square revitalization project is estimated at $2.6 million.  Construction is slated for spring, 2017.  

2013 Final Town Square Revilization report

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Flat Run Bridge
Work to commence fall of 2016 and is estimated to be an eighteen month project. During construction, traffic will be two lane traffic. This project also includes sidewalks on both sides with a connection to Emmit Garden. 

Sidewalk Connections

The Town continues to pursue projects that will increase the pedestrian connectivity within the Town and provide safe routes to our schools and parks.  To date, the Town has completed the sidewalk on West Lincoln Ave. between Community Drive and Schoolhouse Lane; as well as Potomac Ave. between South Seton and Municipal Park.  The next section to be completed by the Town will be East Lincoln Ave. between Creamery Rd and South Seton Ave. which is set to begin in Spring of 2016.   State Highway has a plan beginning the Spring of 2016 to redo South Seton Ave sidewalks with an estimated cost of $500,000 and then North Seton Ave. in the near future.

Once these above projects are completed, there will be full pedestrian connectivity throughout the Town and all it's subdivisions.

Multi-Use Path 

The Town, working with Frederick County and Mount Saint Mary’s, is in the initial stages of studying the potential for creating a sidewalk/ bike trail connection between the campus and Emmitsburg in order to provide a safe route between them and increasing the recreational opportunities in the area.