There’s a lot planned for Windsor’s downtown and with that in mind, the Downtown Development Authority is hosting its annual Business Appreciation Event on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Windsor Art & Heritage Center, located at 116 N. 5th St.
The event aims to recognize downtown stakeholders and allows them an opportunity to learn more about the following current and upcoming programs:
Small Business Saturday: Downtown Development Authority businesses participated in an Elf on the Shelf promotion for Small Business Saturday in 2017. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 24, and the organization is looking for input from business owners regarding that event.
The Backlot Project: Several years ago the Town of Windsor and Downtown Development Authority began compiling input on ways to revitalize its downtown. Heeding a call for more local restaurant and shopping options, the backlot is envisioned to add opportunities along with downtown living and parking. The backlot consists of the three block area along the tracks between 4th and 7th St. Visual representations of the concept will be available at the event.
Windsor Mill: The Windsor Mill project re-launched this month, with an anticipated completion of next summer. Renderings of the finished project will be on display at the meeting.
Wayfinding: Discover more about the signage project aimed at helping direct visitors to downtown and other key locations in Windsor. The public is invited to take the survey at surveymonkey.com/r/windsorsignage.
Park Late Project: Last but not least, the Windsor Downtown Development Authority is looking into creative ways to increase public parking space on evenings and weekends by partnering with property owners.
All of the Downtown Development Authority’s projects tie back into the Town of Windsor’s Strategic Plan. In late September—after gathering input from Windsor residents—the Town Board adopted a revised 5-year plan with a mission to promote hometown pride through sustainable, excellent and equitable delivery of services in a fiscally responsible manner with a focus on roads and traffic, water, trails and open space, town facilities and its downtown. The board benchmarked expanding the downtown, looking into adding a parking structure, cultural center and restaurants, and enhancing the downtown’s walkability, as key areas of improvement identified by the community. If deemed fiscally appropriate and sustainable, a parking structure could be added to the downtown area as a result of downtown growth.
“Windsor is a growing community and the town has been a wonderful partner,” says Windsor Downtown Development Authority’s Director Matt Ashby. “The development authority has a lot of plans for the future. Our list is long, but we look forward to the challenge that comes with creating an even more vibrant downtown.”
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