The Town of Easton and the Easton Economic Development Corporation are in the process of developing a small area master plan to guide future development for the area known as Easton Point, and the Port Street corridor connecting Easton Point to downtown Easton. Recognizing that Port Street is a key gateway connecting downtown Easton to its waterfront at Easton Point, this long-term planning effort addresses development, demolition, renovation, and infill of various sites. Through its redevelopment, Port Street will become a vibrant and diverse gateway into the Town.
Key opportunities to be explored and potentially implemented as a component of this process will include:
- Creating a desirable destination at the water’s edge;
- Establish Port Street and Easton Parkway as an important gateway;
- Linking Easton’s downtown to Easton Point through sound re-development strategies;
- Enhancing the streetscape along Port Street;
- Promoting mixed-income housing and affordable housing along Port Street;
- Strengthening the existing community by retaining the social networks and maintaining the cultural history;
- Supporting the needs of the hospital and the efforts on “The Hill.”
“We know that the majority of population growth over the next 15 years in Talbot County will occur in Easton. Port Street and Easton Point have the potential to absorb much of that growth responsibly while providing our citizens public waterfront access, a new park, affordable housing, new jobs, and improved streetscapes. This (small area) master plan will provide the much needed road map for that to happen.”
–Mayor Robert “Bob” Willey
Over the past two years, the Town and the EEDC have studied this area engaging hundreds of citizens, residents, government officials, property owners, and businesses in the process. Based on the initial draft master plan and study, it is believed that the study area could result in over $250 million in public and private investment over the next 15 years resulting in 28,000 square feet of new retail space; 53,000 square feet of community/civic space; 90,000 square feet of office space; 323 new construction affordable and market-rate units; 250 new hotel rooms; two new waterside public parks, and an expanded boat ramp. Linkages between downtown and the waterfront would be strengthened through investments in streetscaping and bike trails.
Following the receipt of the proposed “Port Street Small Area Master Plan’ from the Easton Economic Development Corporation, the Planning Commission will review this document and solicit comments from the public on this matter. If adopted, the Small Area Plan will ultimately serve as an extension of, and amendment to, the Town’s Comprehensive Plan. It contains significantly more detailed ideas and strategies for the future of the Port Street Corridor than that which is described in the official Comprehensive Plan which addresses the Town as a whole.
The Port Street Small Area Plan may be reviewed here: Easton Point Small Area Master Plan FINAL DRAFT Port St – Small Area Plan_Revised Book_2017 Sept
Citizen involvement remains an essential part of this project. Since the project’s inception, we have hosted several public meetings to help build awareness and gather feedback from people who live and work in Easton. Our latest meeting took place on October 1, 2015.
The entire meeting is available for viewing below.
Notes from this meeting cataloging citizen feedback are also available for download here:
A DRAFT plan of the “Port Street and Easton Point Small Area Master Plan” is also available for viewing and download here:
The Port Street Redevelopment Project will incorporate many different elements to diversify and strengthen the community. Key partners engaged or to be engaged:
Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC) is a nonprofit organization working to help entrepreneurs venture ahead on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, ESEC strives to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem that results in personal wealth creation, which in turn adds to the growth of community resources and services.
DHCD worksto revitalize communities, assisting families in buying and preserving their homes and creating safe, affordable rental housing. DHCD has helped to enhance the quality of life for families throughout the State of Maryland.
Part of the University of Maryland Shore Health System, Easton Memorial Hospital is a 173-bed facility that provides general hospital, emergency, and specialized services. The hospital serves over 37,000 patients from throughout the Mid-Shore region each year. Plans are currently underway to build an expanded facility near Easton Airport on the north side of Easton.