Hughesville Business & Civic Alliance, Inc., Celebrates its
One Year Anniversary!
Business & Civic Alliance, Inc. (HBCA) was established in
June 2010. HBCA’s board of directors and executive officers
have been working, diligently, towards jumpstarting the
implementation of the approved Hughesville Revitalization
Plan. The first priority was to look at our “main street”
(Old Leonardtown Road) in a holistic way and identify those
goals that could be achieved in the immediate future. HBCA
identified three areas that would complement, enhance, and
provide a “niche” market for Hughesville’s main street.
The state of
Maryland has deemed it necessary that a partial intersection
be installed at Rt. 5, Leonardtown Road and Gallant Green
Road, because of increased traffic and safety concerns.
This partial intersection is similar to what you see at the
intersection of Rt. 5, Leonardtown Road and Rt. 488. Taking
this into consideration, HBCA studied the possibility that
this intersection might make more sense in a different
location and could address other safety and traffic concerns
we are experiencing, as well. We, also, looked at the
potential benefits of linking the approved Planned
Employment Park, Hughesville Station, to main street, which
would result in an “anchoring” for development and
revitalization that would flow to main street. HBCA
commissioned a traffic study on the potential of locating a
full intersection at the north end of the bypass, which
would be located where the current north exit from main
street is now, and revising the Gallant Green intersection
to a right in, right out only, exit. The commissioned study
confirmed our conclusions that moving the intersection would
take care of both intersections’ traffic and safety
concerns. HBCA proceeded to share this information with the
Maryland State Police, The Charles County Sheriff’s Office,
The United States Postal Service, the Hughesville Volunteer
Fire Department, the Benedict Fire Department, SMECO, SMAR,
and other businesses and residents affected by the existing
conditions these traffic and safety concerns were creating.
All of the mentioned organizations and individuals supported
the intersection at the north end of the bypass, as opposed
to Gallant Green Road. HBCA has submitted a request to the
State Highway Administration to consider this proposal.
revitalization effort HBCA has identified, is an adaptive,
re-use of the largest, historic, red barn on main street.
We have been studying the potential for turning this barn
into a concert/banquet hall. The creation of this “niche”
market would attract music lovers, the arts, retail,
restaurants, and more. There are state and federal grants
that may be available to assist in this effort. We will
continue to pursue this project and will keep you updated on
identified area for revitalization is the intersection of
main street and Rt. 231. We will begin working with the
property owners, in the coming months, to identify
opportunities for those sites.
three areas on main street are those HBCA has identified for
revitalization as attainable in the immediate future. We
are at the beginning of a long but exciting road, and HBCA
is dedicated to making the Hughesville Revitalization Plan a