Congressman John Delaney

Representing the 6th District of Maryland
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Rep. Delaney Tours Footer Dye Works Building in Cumberland

Feb 18, 2016
In The News

From the Cumberland Times-News:


CUMBERLAND — U.S. Rep. John Delaney was treated to a tour of the Footer Dye Works building on Wednesday during a visit to Western Maryland.


"It's exciting to see a redevelopment project here in Cumberland," said Delaney while meeting members of the press prior to the tour.


The Footer project is a $9 million renovation effort by partners Michael Joy of Joy Development in Washington, D.C., Brian Wishneff & Associates, a tax syndicate based in Roanoke, Va., and Bruce Firlie of JLD Construction, Cumberland.


In addition to Joy and Firlie, Delaney was joined for the tour by Dee Dee Ritchie, Canal Place executive director; Mayor Brian Grim; Jake Shade, county commissioner; Robin Summerfield, field representative for Sen. Ben Cardin,;Julianna Albowicz, a representative of Sen. Barbara Mikulski; Rock Cioni, city councilman; Steven Leyh, downtown promotions director and several other local officials.


When finished, the four-story Footer building is expected to contain a restaurant and brewpub on the first floor, offices on the second floor and 16 loft apartments on the remaining two floors.


"We had grant money that when in a little over $1 million, and a private developer (Joy) who has put in $7 million in redeveloping this building, which is in a beautiful spot," said Delaney. "It will be a mixed-use operation. It is something that is really exciting because jobs and opportunities flow when people make investments."


Portions of the Footer building are expected to be complete and operating by the end of the year. Joy gave an update on progress. Gains made during the mild weather in December and early January have been slowed by recent snow, ice and freezing temperatures.


"We were ahead of schedule, now we are about on schedule," said Joy. "We are working on the roof and we are about 50 percent done. The skylights are going up as soon as the weather is cooperating."


Joy showed Delaney architectural drawings of a finished Footer building. He also showed him schematics of the layout of the interior of the building.


"We anticipate the brewpub up and operating prior to the end of the year and most of the apartments ready to go prior to the end of the year," said Joy. "But it is all subject to change based on weather and other factors."


The project will also include constructing a sawtooth addition on the southern side of the Footer building. It will look similar to the dozens of sawtooth structures that used to make up the Footer Dye Works complex.


"We have the building permit for the sawtooth, which we expect to start very soon," said Joy. "So you will really see new construction as opposed to just remediation. Everybody will understand more of what the building will look like once the sawtooth is started."


Delaney, who is running for a third term, also held office hours in Garrett and Allegany counties on Wednesday. He was available to the public at Garrett College in the morning before his tour of the Footer building at 12:30 p.m. Following the tour, he held open office hours in the Continuing Education Building of Allegany College of Maryland in the afternoon. A press release said Delaney saw about 30 constituents at each stop.