First Block Development Back on Council's Agenda

What's going on with the vacant buildings on Gay Street? Council will revisit the "plaza plan" tonight at its 7 pm work session. Since the County sold the first block buildings in 2011, development plans have come and gone. The plans came to a standstill several years ago, due in part to issues with zoning regulations and concerns about razing historically significant buildings. The building at 34 W. Gay Street has particular significance. In 1880, former slave turned entrepreneur and political activist Charles H. Burns established Burns' Great Oyster House there and, later, James Spence, Jr. operated a restaurant at 34 W. Gay. Developer Eli Kahn, who now owns the buildings, returned to Boro

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