Posted on February 10, 2022
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Zack Tyndall, Mayor
Thursday, February 10, 2022
For Immediate Release…
Berlin, Md. – The Town of Berlin is excited to announce important steps towards establishing a community center on the historic site of the Flower Street School. In December, representatives from the Town of Berlin, Worcester County, and members of the Berlin Community Improvement Association (BCIA) and SHORE UP! Inc., met to discuss the plans to bring a much-needed community center to Berlin. Members of the group included Mayor Zack Tyndall, Vice-President of the Council Dean Burrell, Councilmember Shaneka Nichols, Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood, Town Attorney David Gaskill, Worcester County Commissioner Diana Purnell, BCIA President D.J. Lockwood, BCIA Board Member Gabe Purnell, BCIA Board Member John Briddell, BCIA Board Member Ann Hudson and Director of Early Head Start at SHOREUP! Inc and BCIA Board Member Dr. Corey Bowen.
The group is working to combine four adjacent parcels of property on Flower Street owned by the Town of Berlin, BCIA, and Worcester County to create an over 6.5 acre parcel that will house the community center. In October of 2021, the Town of Berlin purchased a 0.57 acre property on Flower Street. Last week, with the unanimous support of the Council, Mayor Zack Tyndall sent a letter to the Worcester County Commissioners requesting the transfer of parcel 0854, a roughly 3.4-acre property, to the Town of Berlin. The group plans to meet in the upcoming weeks to work toward combining parcels 0841 and 0843, which the BCIA owns.
Although the exact details of what will be offered at the center are unknown at this time, the new facility will include classrooms for SHOREUP! Inc. and community meeting spaces. “The community center will create a safe environment where residents can gather to learn, play, and celebrate,” stated Mayor Zack Tyndall. “It is the goal to create a multigenerational facility that will meet the needs of the youngest to the oldest members of our community.”