Plan to Connect Three Frederick Parks Moves Forward

From the FNP:

On Nov. 15, the mayor and board of aldermen approved a $200,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation to design a shared-use path to connect “in essence, the entire east side of the city with the west,” according to Tim Davis, the city transportation planner.

The project is part of a 25.7-mile path plan dating back to 2001, which outlines seven individual path systems throughout the city. The announcement means that two of those, the Rock Creek Trail and the Carroll Creek Trail, will be linked via a crossing under U.S. 15.

The path will link Rock Creek Park, Baker Park and Waterford Park.

Good news for bikers, runners, and walkers in Frederick!

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New Bridge Expected by Summer 2012

From the Frederick News-Post:

Bridge construction is under way on Frederick City’s continuing Monocacy Boulevard project.
More than 100 sections of concrete are being assembled to create a bridge that will extend Monocacy Boulevard north from Hughes Ford Road to Gas House Pike, eventually connecting to the Schifferstadt Boulevard cul-de-sac.

Bridge construction is expected to be completed in the summer of 2012. The city will then upgrade Gas House Pike from where the bridge ends to east of the Monocacy River.

The three-arch, 285-foot-long bridge over Carroll Creek and its flood plain will be the longest in the city, according to transportation planner Tim Davis.

The article also includes this awesome aerial shot of the construction area:

An aerial view of the bridge construction site over Carroll Creek at the end of July shows Gas House Pike at right.

An aerial view of the bridge construction site over Carroll Creek at the end of July shows Gas House Pike at right. Staff photo by Sam Yu.

More on Voltaggio's Downtown Plans

The Washington Post has some more details on Bryan Voltaggio’s plans for downtown expansion:

[…] scheduled for an early 2012 launch in Frederick, near the chef’s original dining destination, Volt . Tentatively called North Market Kitchen for its address at 331 N. Market St., the 10,000-square foot space will be a combination 200-plus seat dining room, specialty store and exhibition kitchen with multiple stations serving pasta and charcuterie made in-house, a raw bar, cheese counter, patisserie and rotisserie.

Voltaggio says he’s modeling the business on Eataly, the sprawling Italian-themed food emporium in New York. “Primarily a restaurant,” North Market Kitchen will “also be an amenity for transient diners and downtown residents,” says the chef, who plans to stock the shelves of the “rustic-industrial” venue with some of the ingredients he uses at Volt. The ambitious project calls for lots of staff. Voltaggio says he’ll be hiring “40 to 50 cooks to make this happen.”

More jobs and more food = good news.

(via Frederick Tourism)

Another Wegmans Update

Robin Santangelo asked Wegmans about the progress of the new store coming to Frederick and they responded:

Thanks for the interest! Right now we’re still building the store. We hope to have our grand opening in the Spring of 2011.

I drive by the construction site just about everyday and it looks to be humming along. They already have the skeleton of one of the buildings up. It’s crazy to think we’ve been talking about this for 4 years.

Google Fiber Project

Frederick has submitted an application for Google’s Fiber for Communities program:

The City of Frederick has applied to Google to be considered for an ultra-high speed broadband network trial. Google is planning to launch an experiment to make Internet access better and faster for everyone. They plan to test ultra-high speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations across the country. Their networks will deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today, over 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home and workplace connections. They will offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

Learn more about the program and Frederick’s application. This would be huge if Frederick won, fingers crossed.