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   Laurel Main Street
Laurel is a historic community in northern Prince George’s County, in close proximity to I-95, Route 1 and other major roads. In recent years, the city has focused particularly on revitalizing its walkable Main Street, which now boasts a diverse mix of merchants and restaurants — both new and long established.
Laurel has applied for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Main Street Affiliate Program, which would make additional developmental resources available, said Christian Pulley, director of the City of Laurel’s Department of Economic and Community Development.
Laurel already offers several incentives to businesses that want to set up shop on Main Street. “If
businesses are interested in relocating from somewhere else, we have a grant of up to $10,000 to assist with that,” said Pulley. “Through our façade program, business owners can get up to $5,000 to help with façade renovation, including windows, canopy and signage. The big, overarching goal is to eliminate vacant commercial space on Main Street and create a community where individuals can work, live and play in the city.”
Main Street has already attracted an eclectic mix of tenants, from floral shops to meat markets to creameries. “In the near future, we’re going to have our first rooftop restaurant
and bar,” which will also feature live entertainment, said Pulley.
Another factor driving growth on Laurel’s Main Street and beyond, she added, has been the opening of Towne Centre at Laurel, a mixed-use
redevelopment of an existing mall site. “It’s an exciting time for Laurel,” said
Pulley. “We’re a growing city with a small-town feel.” 
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