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Golden Mile Revitalization in Frederick

The Frederick Towne Mall has been an eyesore for nearly a decade. Revitalization efforts continue, and the State Highway Administration is helping to get the area in better shape for the community.
FREDERICK, Md. -- The Frederick town Mall has been an eyesore for nearly a decade. Revitalization efforts continue, as the State Highway Administration is helping to get the area in better shape for the community.

The State Highway Administration is putting in pedestrian walkways at six intersections on West Patrick Street. The Frederick Police department says the area has been a troubling one for those crossing. They've responded to several accidents involving pedestrians crossing, including a fatal hit and run.

"We have a signal upgrade project going on here on the golden mile in Frederick and as part of the project were making it easier and safer to cross the golden mile," said Heather Keels from the State Highway Administration.

The Highway Administration says they got the idea from local's who are part of the golden Mile Alliance.

Some local business owners say the walkways are a win-win, and a good first step in helping to revitalize the area.

"The mall is now a ghost town as we all know. I know the dangers, I drive to and from work I've seen what happened with people crossing inappropriate times. Certainly having the local community have easier access to business access on either side should be good for everyone involved," local business owner John Kippen said.

Some say they're hopeful the walkways will encourage people to get out more, knowing it'll be safer to get to and from their destination.

"We need to build our community so the more people the better," said the manager of a local business, Any Nguyen.

While some say they are against a Wal-Mart coming in to anchor the Mall, the board of Alderman has already approved rezoning for general commercial use.

Now that city officials have approved the rezoning, property owners and developers of the Frederick Towne Mall have two years to bring in a plan and get it underway.
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