Despite safety concerns, some Ellicott City businesses say they have to reopen

Some say they want landlords to release them from leases or hold off on rents

Mitch Stringer, a co-owner of Culture Lab, doesn’t want to reopen his business in its current space in old Ellicott City. Infrastructure upgrades needed to reduce the potential for flooding are at least two years away from completion. In the meantime, he says, he isn’t comfortable putting customers, employees or himself in danger. Stringer on Thursday ...

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