The City of Delta and Delta Area Chamber of Commerce are brushing the dust off a report compiled by Downtown Colorado, Inc. two and a half years ago and looking at ways to involve business owners in efforts to revitalize downtown Delta.
The entities hosted two informational sessions last week.
Much of the time was spent reviewing the report with the new business owners who were unfamiliar with its findings.
Although the alternative truck route is quickly becoming a reality, one thing hasn't changed — there is still no funding for promotions, signage or beautification projects. Kami Collins, executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, said a quick survey of business owners revealed they are unwilling — or unable — to tax themselves through a downtown development authority or business improvement district, and the city is not in any position to help fund downtown projects.
There were some other ideas about raising funds, such as a "community tap night" suggested by CB's Tavern, where 75¢ from every beer sold would go to downtown revitalization.
But before deciding on a funding mechanism, Downtown Colorado Inc. representatives stressed the community first needs to figure out what it wants to do. That recommendation accompanied the original report, but still holds true.
City manager Justin Clifton and community development director Glen Black volunteered to pull together case studies from similarly sized cities whose main road is a highway. Several citizens volunteered to look at the urban renewal project of the '80s to see if the more successful projects can be duplicated.
Their findings will be discussed at a meeting in early December.
"Our goal is to come up with a short-term plan and a long-term plan," Collins said. "We need to decide what we want to do and how we are going to fund it. Our core businesses know they will be affected by the alternate truck route, and they're ready to get to work. We don't know what the final picture will look like, but we're working on it.
"As Justin Clifton said, it's now or never. If we want to get something done, now is the time."blog comments powered by Disqus