La Plata residents and business owners will have a chance Wednesday to see the details of the plans that outline several improvements that would change the look of La Plata's town center.
The plans will be on display during an open house at Town Hall from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be a brief presentation outlining the plan at 5 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.
The concept was developed by the Streetscape Task Force, a committee of about a dozen residents and business owners. The project will be completed with funds from the Maryland Department of Transportation through the State Highway Administration.
The streetscape plan was expedited after the April 28 tornado that devastated much of La Plata's business district. State transportation officials agreed to expand their program to include county and town streets not normally eligible for state-funded improvements.
Downtown property owners are being asked to review the plans because portions of the project require the State Highway Administration to use private property to implement the design. Areas affected include:
* North and south sides of Charles Street (Route 6) from Route 301 to La Plata Road (Route 488).
* North and south sides of Port Tobacco Road (Route 6) from Route 301 west to Quailwood Parkway.
* East and west sides of Route 301 from Hawthorne Drive (Route 225) to Centennial Street.
* East and west sides of Washington Avenue from Charles Street to Hawthorne Drive.
* East and west sides of Oak Avenue from Charles Street to Milton Somers Middle School.
* East and west sides of St. Mary's Avenue from Charles Street to Queen Anne Street.
* West side of Maple Avenue from Charles Street to Centennial Street-extended.
* East and west sides of La Grange Avenue from Charles Street to Carroll Street.
* North and south sides of Centennial Street and Centennial Street-extended from Route 301 to Maple Avenue.
Additional information is available by calling Town Hall at 301-934-8421.
-- Molli Yood
The Rev. Matthew Siekierski, administrator of Archbishop Neale School, tours the site where the school will be rebuilt at September's groundbreaking.
Elizabeth Gardiner, 4, presents an aerial photograph of Archbishop Neale School before the tornado.