DREAM plan concludes, more improvements planned for downtown Cassville
June 29, 2016
For the past six years, the Cassville Main Street Association has been working with PGAV to work up plans for the DREAM (Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri) initiative to improve the downtown area. Thursday evening, June 16, marked the last meeting with PGAV to establish the final stages of what is in store for downtown Cassville and how to keep the area profitable as well as draw new businesses in.
Carolyn Bishop, who is integral with the Main Street Association, said the group decided to proceed with downtown lighting, benches and trash receptacles, which they will work with MoDOT to establish their placement with the new ADA sidewalk being put in.
Bishop said they will be starting a fundraising effort to make the improvements. Other efforts that business owners have already made include rehabbing the exterior and interior of some of the historic buildings downtown. Most recently, Blake Fields has been remodeling the building his law office will use after it is complete.
Bishop said, “We plan to work with the IDC (Industrial Development Coroporation), Chamber and City to make plans that make the downtown better for the whole city.”
She added, “The ADA sidewalks are a huge improvement already thanks to MoDOT coming in.” She added there might be the possibility of some shrubs and self-watering planters being put in during the sidewalk project.
The Main Street Association is planning to approach local business owners personally to talk about fundraising as well as individual efforts for their buildings downtown to continue the momentum they gained with the DREAM initiative. The group should have the solidified plans after their meeting shortly from speaker Andrew Murray with PGAV.