Elkton is looking to bring an event pavilion to its town center

ELKTON, Va. (WHSV) — It was a busy night for Elkton City Council on Monday. Council members reviewed the city’s proposed budget for 2023 and took the first step to renovating a property purchased downtown.

The city previously purchased a two-acre property across from City Hall and considered how best to use it.

At Monday’s meeting, council made the decision to work with Mather Architects in Harrisonburg to begin design work on the project.

“The initial plan is for a market pavilion in the city center, but we also hope to leave plenty of green space for future projects to come to fruition. Whether it’s playgrounds, other pavilions, restrooms and things like that that help add to the amenities of the town,” said Elkton Mayor Josh Gooden.

The objective is for the pavilion to become the event center of the city.

“It would be a focal point for our downtown community to hold events and just different things that happen throughout the year. There are existing annual festivals that could use the space as well as new events that we have been discussing,” Gooden said.

Gooden said the council hopes to have a final site plan for the property by the fall to begin work on it.

The council also reviewed the city’s proposed $11.3 million budget for fiscal year 2023.

The budget includes two notable projects using some of the US City Bailout Act funds, one of which is a stormwater management project on West Spotswood Avenue that would directly benefit the lodge.

“If there’s a heavy rainstorm, it’s like a river flowing towards the city center and every once in a while some businesses may have water coming in their doorways. It’s just something we had to sort out, but with the high price tag, it’s just been discontinued for decades,” Gooden said.

The city will also consider using American Rescue Plan Act funds to move its police department above the city’s public works shop.

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