By Mark Esper
Making downtown Silverton more attractive to visitors was the focus of two days of sessions at Town Hall this week, with a team assembled by Downtown Colorado Inc. meeting with residents and business owners on a wide range of issues.
Downtown Colorado Inc. is a nonprofit membership organization committed to building better communities by providing assistance to Colorado downtowns, commercial districts and town centers.
The organization plans to issue a final report in about six weeks that will detail proposed improvements and financing options.
That list of improvements is likely to involve beautification efforts, improved directional signs and more attractive streetlights among other features.
And the formation of a Business Improvement District in which downtown lot owners would be assessed to fund the upgrades may also be included in their recommendations. Grant funding is also envisioned as a likely source to finance improvement projects.
But the team pointed out that physical improvements to downtown should be just one component of a broader effort to make downtown more lively and draw more businesses and visitors.
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