The Port Street Conversations: The Big Picture with Easton Economic Development Corporation’s Tracy Ward

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Given the extraordinarily positive impact a successfully executed development plan for Port Street and Easton Point would have on Talbot County, the Spy begins a four part series on the recently completed draft authored by the Easton Economic Development Corporation. We start with an overview of the plan and the motivation behind the Easton Town Council’s desire a comprehensive overview of what can be done to finally connect Easton’s downtown with its waterfront access at the foot of Port Street.

All told, using a combination of public and private funding, a redeveloped Port Street corridor and Easton Point waterfront on the Tred Avon River would cost about $250 million. That’s the current figure that Tracy Ward, director of the Easton Economic Development Corporation, uses in describing the costs connected to one of the most ambitious urban renewal projects ever undertaken on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

In her Spy interview, Tracy walks us through the two year effort to develop the 200 page comprehensive plan, its current findings and recommendations, and the lengthy process in seeking community consensus, Talbot County corporation, and private investment to make this a reality over the next twenty years.

Ward is quick to point out that the document remains a dynamic one, able to change and adjust with citizen input, but allows the community to see a big, if hypothetical, master plan which could lead to a transformational and economically enhancing new future for the heart of Talbot County.

This video is approximately fifteen minutes in length. For a copy of the complete report and planning document, a pdf version is available here.

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