FREDERICK, Md. - Business owners, planners and developers met Wednesday afternoon to talk about development in the eastern part of Frederick.
East Frederick Rising sponsored an event with Urban Land Institute Experts to figure out a plan to make the economy in east Frederick as strong as downtown Frederick's economy.
"Frederick developed west, north, and south, and it's very much sprawl. The east half is our opportunity to have a vibrant, new city connected to the beautiful and historic downtown that everybody knows and loves about Frederick," said Mike Muren, president of East Frederick Rising.
Some parts of the plan include financing, real estate, engineering, and developing the area.
"Next comes moving into a small area plan," Muren said. "We need to change some of the regulatory framework to allow people to do more creative development in the east half."
Organizers say it's important to help east Frederick thrive so the whole downtown area can grow.
"It's a 30-to-50 year plan, but in that period of time the idea would be that Frederick is a major urban center for mid and Western Maryland," Muren said.
The event will continue Thursday and is open to the public. It will be held at the Business Factory of Frederick, 801 N. East Street, Suite 6A, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.