The Frederick County Office of Economic Development (OED) nominated Middletown for the Maryland Economic Development Association’s (MEDA) recognition program. After numerous nominations, Middletown was selected to receive special recognition for transforming Middletown’s Main Street.
According to Jodie Bollinger, Director of Business Retention and Expansion for OED, “We are thrilled that Middletown’s Main Street is being recognized throughout the State. It is truly a remarkable community and we are very excited to see the transformation that is taking place. Older buildings are being renovated and new companies are locating to the area. This is very exciting.”
Some of the projects include Valley Register Hall which was renovated into (15) apartments with two commercial spaces. The commercial and residential spaces are completely full.
Memorial Hall, which has been vacant for 30-50 years, is currently under construction and will include (15) apartments and two commercial spaces. Part of the building will be demolished for a parking garage. A new company, Fordham Lee Distillery located to the former firehouse building. This location will serve as their headquarters.
The Wren’s Nest building, located on Main Street, converted the first floor into a new permanent farmers market. In addition, the second floor was converted into shared office space. There are plans for a garden center to be located in the back of the property. Two small historic buildings along Main Street are completely renovated to house a new Welcome Center and the Main Street office.
Some of the businesses that have located or expanded include: Fordham Lee Distillery, Valley Tax, Cumberland Valley Woodworkers, SOUL, ABA Production Payroll, Wrens Nest, Mid Maryland Farm and Therapeutic Message. These expanded and new businesses will create additional employment.