The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has granted $50,000 to Brunswick Main Street to help improve the design and condition of buildings in Brunswick's downtown. 

Brunswick Main Street's design committee will distribute the funds, which come from a Community Legacy Grant, according to a press release from Brunswick Main Street manager Sophie Smith. Funds are available to commercial property and business owners in the Main Street area.

Brunswick properties that plan to bring their buildings up to Frederick County and Brunswick code will be given priority. All projects must be approved by the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Maryland Historical Trust. Currently, there are seven empty storefronts, not including those in the buildings affected by a fire in February that damaged several buildings and displaced 11 people, according to the release. 

Those interested can apply through the Brunswick Main Street Facade and Interior Improvement Program. For details, visit brunswickmainstreet.org/facade-and-interior-program.

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Heather Mongilio is the health and Fort Detrick reporter for the Frederick News-Post. She can be reached at hmongilio@newspost.com.

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