Bridge work will force billboards removal

Eight Clear Channel billboards on Route 13 Business will be removed by the end of the year to make room for a bridge the State Highway Administration will build over an offshoot of the Wicomico River — a move that has the billboard company asking for fair compensation, according to the company’s lawyer. The billboards […]

Mayor unveils Rail-Trail plan for central Salisbury

Standing in what he called “a forgotten area of our city,” at Union Station on Railroad Avenue, Salisbury Mayor Jake Day announced a 5-mile Salisbury Rail-Trail, a biking and walking path from Fruitland north to the Maryland border being built in Salisbury. “We have a community that wants this trail. We have a plan for […]

SU adds greatly to its Downtown presence

Salisbury University’s presence Downtown took a major step forward Monday with the dedication of the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative’s new home on the Downtown Plaza. “Community partnerships are important to the University, and the ESRGC’s move makes good sense. Many of its clients are government agencies and Downtown provides a centralized and convenient meeting […]

National Folk Festival crowds pegged at 63,000

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day, National Folk Festival Local Manager Caroline O’Hare, and the National Council for the Traditional Arts are excited to announce that attendance estimates have been tallied, and the National Folk Festival in Salisbury drew approximately 63,000 attendees in its inaugural year. “It’s an unequivocal success,” said Mayor Jake Day. “We expected to […]

Salisbury Rising: Young men are remaking our city

There hasn’t exactly been a lot of new construction in Downtown Salisbury in the past three decades. In fact, the last building constructed from scratch was the W. Paul Martin District Court & Multi-Service Center, and that was way back in 1990. But Downtown development has hardly remained idle in those 28 years. Developers and […]

Downtown Amphitheater dedication is Friday

The amphitheater will be used for the first time during the National Folk Festival, in Salisbury Sept. 7 to 9. The new amphitheater on the Riverwalk is nearly complete. The response thus far is that Salisbury’s latest public works project is a home run. City officials will host a public “showing off” event as part […]

Building contractor Gillis Gilkerson marks 35 years

Thirty-five years ago on the Salisbury building and development landscape, developers Oscar Carey and Milford Twilley and builders J. Roland Dashiell, W.B. Venables, Charles Brohawn and M.L. Blades pretty much developed and built everything. Then in 1983, an architectural draftsman who had cut his teeth working for M.L. Blades entered the Salisbury scene. Though he […]

Greg Bassett: Change is good, but sometimes not

Last week’s story on the Downtown parking garage generated some surprising reaction. In a community that hates change –- but which desperately needs change – people suddenly are feeling sentimental about the four-story concrete and brick parking lot structure in the heart of Salisbury. I received several notes about the crepe myrtle and dogwood trees […]

Big changes in store for Downtown parking garage

The Downtown parking garage has a fresh, colorful look now that about a dozen banners are hanging along the Circle Avenue side. More will be added on Division Street, to enliven the building. “It really does brighten it up. It catches your eye. One person told me it gave them chills, that they were so […]

One On One, June 7, 2018: Mayor Jake Day

Mayor Jake Day, speaking from the site of the new Downtown Amphitheater which is under construction, talks about the upcoming National Folk Festival.