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Main Street Partners
Danville: Boyle County Fiscal Court
In 2012 the state of Kentucky handed ownership of Constitution Square Historic Park to the Boyle County Fiscal Court, which is situated in downtown Danville along Main Street. The site has played an influential role in the development of Kentucky’s political story and the area also at one time served as Danville’s African-American business district. Since taking ownership, Judge Harold McKinney, the six magistrates, and fiscal court staff have led efforts to restore the six frame structures in the square and have taken over maintenance of the park grounds. Wi-fi has been installed, electricity upgraded and the site made accessible to ADA standards. Upon completion, the Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership, which includes the Heart of Danville - Danville’s Main Street program - will each have their own building.
The Fiscal Court’s willingness to take ownership of the park and rehabilitate its architectural resources has helped maintain the historic and aesthetic character of Main Street and downtown Danville. Having the Heart of Danville office in such an iconic place that holds the history of the community and the Commonwealth is a result of the wonderful work and partnership of the Boyle County Fiscal Court.
Wilmore: Boy Scout Troop 707
Wilmore Boy Scout Troop 707 were honored with a Main Street partner award for their work over the last four years with the Stonebridge Summer Saturday Night concert series. Each Saturday, over the course of eight outdoor concerts, several Scouts and leaders arrive in uniform to make last-minute adjustments to seating or trash detail on the Wilmore Downtown Green. During the concerts, they prepare and serve popcorn, walking throughout the crowd so that attendees do not have to leave their seat to purchase it. At the end of the evening, the Scouts and their leaders retrieve all tables and chairs, do a final sweep of the Green and assist in disposing all trash.
At the final concert "Picnic Under the Stars," the boys and leaders offer escorts to their tables, carry food, and move throughout the crowd clearing tables or taking orders for beverages or desserts from attendees. This participation allows the Boy Scouts to serve Wilmore residents, develop leadership skills and fulfill one of their rank advancement requirements, while learning project management. Judy Woolums, Wilmore Community Development Board/Main Street director, praised the boys and their volunteer service, and credited them for making this event one of the most successful for the Wilmore Main Street program.
Discover Downtown Middlesboro: Jay Shoffner
Jay is an active DDM board member who goes above and beyond for his beloved downtown. He helped re-launched the historic district commission after it had been inactive for several years. He successfully organized a downtown clean-up event and assisted in the development and submission of several grants. His biggest contribution, however, may have been his work with the "Build a Better Block" project. He and his wife, Kelly, took it upon themselves to organize the build-out of a pop-up café and parklet that have brought new vitality to the streets downtown.
Jay also is a downtown business owner who recently completed a façade project that transformed his building at 1910 Cumberland Avenue. As the director of DDM, Isaac Kremer, states, "There are few people you will find who have made so many contributions to a Kentucky downtown in such a short period of time."
Shelby Development Corporation: Hubert Pollett
Hubert "Hubie" Pollett has contributed his time and talents to the downtown community of Shelbyville. Not only does he serve the community as a county magistrate, but someone who goes above and beyond in support of the work of the Shelby Development Corporation and the Main Street director, Eilene Collins. During the economic recession, Mr. Pollett devised a method to raise morale among merchants. Each month 50 gift items are purchased from one merchant, to which Mr. Pollett contributes $250. These items are then distributed by Ms. Collins, which affords her the opportunity to receive updates and spread cheer on her visits to downtown merchants.
In addition, Mr. Pollett helps secure bands, arrange physical elements and serves as master of ceremonies to downtown audiences during street party concerts, and he also provides the funding for gift certificates that are awarded to the lucky drawing winners at this event. When downtown business owners attend informational programs during the months January through March, Mr. Pollett not only provides a meeting space, but also a light meal for the attendees. He has adopted downtown as his own and provided generously to ensure in its vitality. He is a great example of the work of Shelby Development Corporation and its mission, "We Make Downtown Better."
Carrollton Main Street: Enterprise Incentive Program
When the city of Carrollton adopted its Historic District Ordinance in 1995, it also created the Enterprise Incentive Program (EIP). The program makes money available to approved facade improvement projects for commercial properties within the historic downtown and primary service area. Money is set aside from real estate tax revenues, an amount that caps at $50,000 each year. The amount the city will match is currently $4,000 per property, per year. These funds are used for such things as signage, awnings, paint, brick repair and other approved exterior improvements. The result of this program is seen in the wonderfully restored facades in downtown Carrollton, and because it is a river town, EIP funds may also be used for improvements to the rear of the buildings. While EIP stands for Enterprise Incentive Program, it also denotes Carrollton as an Exciting, Inviting, Place to be.
Photo, l-r: Councilman Hayley Franklin, KHC Executive Director Craig Potts, Carrollton Main Street Manager Sam Burgess, Kentucky Main Street Program State Coordinator Kitty Dougoud, Carrollton Mayor Gene McMurry, Councilman Dwight Louden, Councilman Ann Deatherage, Councilman Mike Gordon, and Councilman Robb Adams. (Photo by Kristin Beck, Carrollton News Democrat)
Heart of Danville: 2013 Empty Buildings Tour
Empty buildings are not just empty spaces, they are spaces that are full of opportunity. Opportunity for entrepreneurs, for new businesses, for rehabilitation... but how do you let people know about the possibilities? You do a tour! This may be the first of its kind in Kentucky, but what a great idea and one that should be recognized and duplicated in other downtown communities.
The Heart of Danville worked with building owners, businesses, real estate investors, real estate bankers, and commercial realtors to show what was available and share with them the types of businesses that would work well in the downtown community. The Main Street Economic Restructuring committee toured spaces that would work well for restaurants or retail, and those that might be used for larger opportunities, such as the 22,000-square-foot church building. It was then decided who the target audience would be, invitations were sent, and a booklet of available properties was produced. All buildings were in the historic downtown Main Street district.
The event started with coffee and ended with a light lunch so that participants could meet others in attendance and have a networking opportunity. What a great way to share the many opportunities that exist in a historic downtown and to partner and network with others who can make dreams a reality.
Discover Downtown Middlesboro: Build a Better Block
How do you "Build A Better Block"? In October 2013, Discover Downtown Middlesboro set out to do just that. On a fall weekend in frigid temperatures, a cadre of people including residents, students, visitors and others came together to build and demonstrate things that could create vibrancy in the heart of downtown Middlesboro. This project included building parklets, Adirondack chairs, and tables from discarded pallets; cleaning and painting several buildings that included an Exploratorium for children and the Park Theatre, for an evening showing of "It’s a Wonderful Life"; street markings that included sharros, or areas where bike lanes could be and that encourage sharing the road; "It’s Greater in the Crater" stencils on sidewalks; and more, all visual signs of the activities.
Mike Lydon of Street Plans Collaborative, Matt Tomasulo with City Fabric, and author Della Rucker were in attendance to lend guidance and expertise to the event. It was a great activity that has jumpstarted other projects and has led to another "Build a Better Block" scheduled for May 2014. To learn more, find the video on youtube or contact Isaac Kremer, DDM director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best Creative Fundraiser
Downtown Henderson Partnership: White on Main
Downtown Henderson Partnership’s "White on Main" alfresco dinner is fashioned after the original French "Diner en Blanc," which brings to mind a vision of lovely tables adorned in white linens and white decorations while those attending are in their best white dining wear, transforming the usual black pavement of the downtown into a magical, candlelit evening under the stars. Tables are set along Main Street and must be reserved; a table of 8 can be reserved for $100 each. Attendees are encouraged to wear hats and creative attire, lending to the artistic French theme of the evening.
Activities include a table decorating contest, with winners chosen for best theme, most creative, best vintage, and best overall. Participants may bring their own meal or order from one of several downtown restaurants. Dinner includes an appetizer, main course, dessert and beverage. Live musical entertainment is provided throughout the evening. This has become one of Downtown Henderson Project's most successful events.
Photo, l-r: Beth Strawn, Henderson Main Street Manager; Greg Gibson, interim director, Henderson Area Arts Alliance; Sue Baker, assistant to Judge-Executive Hugh McCormick; and Kitty Dougoud, Kentucky Main Street Program State Coordinator
Best Adaptive Reuse
Tri-Cities Heritage Development Corporation: Lynch Fire Station
The Tri-Cites of Benham, Cumberland and Lynch and their director, Bobbie Gothard, were the recipient of the 2013 Adaptive Reuse Award for the renovation of the Lynch Fire Station. A quaint little building that once housed the fire department, the building had fallen into disrepair. With the help of CDBG funding and the work of CMW Inc. architects and engineers, based in Lexington, the station has been restored to showcase some of its earlier features.
Sitting in the heart of downtown Lynch, the fire station is a reminder of the early days of coal in the eastern part of the state. The building is constructed of native sandstone, as were most of the mine structures, and it was completed about 1920. The machine shop personnel served as firemen and the second story housed the plant protection forces for the mining company. The building currently houses an antique shop. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and is located adjacent to Portal 31 mine.
Best Facade Rehabilitation
Pikeville Main Street Program: Division Street, "The Vision Street"
Main Street Director Minta Chaney Trimble refers to Division Street as Pikeville's "Vision Street," and she has been on a mission to assist those who own or operate businesses on this street and incorporate a façade improvement project. Pikeville Main Street has had several fundraising events to raise money for a facade program and provide grants to businesses for paint, awnings, signage, etc. Activities included a kickoff luncheon with a live remote radio broadcast.
Because Pikeville is a Certified Main Street© Program, design assistance was available through the Kentucky Heritage Council, and after making a site visit, KHC Staff Architect Jen Williamson assisted in working through several ideas with building owners. Great focus is on these buildings following the demolition of the opposite side of the street, which took place during the construction of the new judicial system. Division Street, The Vision Street, has become a reality thanks to the hard work of the Pikeville Main Street Program and the many individuals who work with them.