Martin's key issues
Transformation of Mainstreet
Laurel’s Main Street needs to be revitalized, so that it’s a more vibrant, and livable place. Martin will advocate for a series of practical improvements to the aesthetic and functionality of Laurel’s Main Street, such as:
Replacing aged, discolored and splintered street posts with more attractive and eco-friendly materials;
Installing of street banners and flower planters to give Main Street a distinctive sense of place;
Stronger code enforcement for commercial properties along the corridor;
Extending weekend and evening bus service on Main Street, as well as lobbying the Maryland Department of Transportation for weekend and evening MARC train service to Laurel;
Determining both the appropriate local and the funding mechanism for a new municipal parking lot on, or near Main Street.
Mitchell called for an entertainment and cultural programming schedule that reflects Laurel’s extraordinary diversity and appeals to residents of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds. Specifically, he called for greater use of the Granville Gude Lake park space for everything from musical performances to yoga classes, as well as the establishment of an Afro-Caribbean Festival to attract residents from throughout the city and across the region.
Improved Recreational and Wellness Amenities
To provide youth sports and recreational opportunities for Laurel’s children, and to offer wellness and lifelong learning programs for residents of all ages, Mitchell has called for a study – in partnership with the YMCA of Central Maryland – to examine the feasibility of a full-service YMCA facility in the City of Laurel.