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Posted on: October 20, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Main Street Program Kicks Off November 3

Brookings will kick off the review of its downtown plan with a presentation on the Main Street Program on November 3 at the Brookings Library.

“Application of the Main Street Program has been successful in keeping downtown business districts vibrant in communities across the nation,” City Manager Gary Milliman said. “Downtown business and property owners, in cooperation with the City, implemented Main Street Programs in two of the communities in which I served as City Manager and it was very successful. We would like to expose this concept to the Brookings community which may guide future downtown planning.”

The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will cover the basics of the Main Street approach, services offered by the Oregon Main Street Program and how to organize and sustain downtown revitalization efforts.

The City Council has directed staff to begin a public process to review the City’s current 14-year-old downtown plan and return with recommendations.

“Residents and property owners put a lot of work in the development of the downtown plan in 2002, and we don’t want to discard that product,” said Mayor Ron Hedenskog. “But it needs some refreshment.”

The City has also received comments from residents about the need for business district design standards. “A part of this process will be to explore the level of interest in design standards, and what those standards may be,” Milliman said.

City staff will also participate in the November 3 meeting with maps indicating the current zoning designations of commercial lands through town, with information on uses allowed within the City’s current land use regulations and to lead a brief discussion to identify “what is downtown.”

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