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Cumberland Seeks To Create City Market

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — The city of Cumberland is hiring a consultant to help create a downtown public market.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that the City Council voted Tuesday to pay half of a $2,500 fee to bring Annapolis-based FranPoint Partners to town to look for potential sites. The Downtown Development Commission will pay the rest of the consultant’s fee.

FranPoint is a restaurant franchise development company that the city of Annapolis hired last summer to reopen its Market House city market.

The chairwoman of a local citizens group that has spearheaded the effort says the consultant will estimate the costs of creating a marketplace in Cumberland.

The group envisions a market with about two dozen vendors, including food, retail and service providers.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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