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Downtown Frederick Streetscape Study

As a member in our community or as a visitor, we invite you to participate in the Downtown Frederick Streetscape Study. The goal of this study is to create thoughtful design solutions, set priorities and determine a framework for future streetscape improvements for the many users (pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, etc) and uses (shopping, dining, events, city services, etc) of Market and Patrick Streets in Downtown Frederick.

Downtown Frederick Partnership and The City of Frederick have hired a consultant team, including Design Collective and RK&K, to complete this study. Our team’s scope within the overall project schedule will occur over a three-month period, from early April to late June 2021. Mayor and Board of Aldermen review/approval will be scheduled after June 2021.

Be Part of the Process



1,953 surveys collected

The survey process is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated!


Although the project duration is brief, the study will include a robust, COVID-19 appropriate public engagement process. Everyone must contribute to create a community-supported Downtown Frederick Streetscape strategy. It’s important to us that all voices are included, stakeholders hear from each other to appreciate different perspectives, and input is equitable, meaningful, and productive. Although face-to-face and in-person workshops are generally preferred methods for engagement, the current COVID-19 situation requires virtual methods.

The first virtual Public Workshop was on Wednesday, May 5 with 65 attendees. The second workshop will be scheduled soon.

Why now?

Frederick has an opportunity to use the experiences and data collected during the ongoing pandemic to reimagine the Downtown Frederick public streetscape and reinforce long term recovery and continued growth. Downtown Frederick is the hub of culture, commerce and government in the City of Frederick and attracted more than 2 million visitors annually before the pandemic. The current streetscape was successfully implemented in early 1990s when the city undergrounded utilities. However, streetscape deficiencies have become apparent during recent years as downtown has experienced strong revitalization and as the current facilities have aged. Limitations in the current streetscape have been further magnified as result of recent COVID related needs and overall trends toward complete streets supporting multi-modal transportation, accessible pedestrian routes, social distancing, outdoor dining and friendly parking.

Study Area

Market Street (between South & 7th St)

Patrick Street (between Bentz & East St)

For both streets, the Streetscape includes a 60-foot zone from building face to building face

East Street is a part of a separate City CIP

This project is made possible with support from the Ausherman Family Foundation and the City of Frederick’s Department of Economic Development and Planning Department.

Each year, the Partnership tackles strategic initiatives to bring more residents and employees to Downtown Frederick, offers an exciting season of events and works closely with downtown businesses and partners to continue to strengthen and improve Downtown Frederick.