Thursday, June 20, 2024

Manson Chamber of Commerce focuses on seven priorities for downtown revitalization

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MANSON - The Manson Chamber of Commerce held a follow-up community forum on May 8 to discuss the allocation of a $68,000 grant from Chelan County for downtown capital improvements. The meeting, which took place at the Manson Grange, was attended by approximately 25 people, including local business owners, property owners, and residents.

The purpose of the meeting was to share the progress made since the initial forum on April 16 and to gather support and assistance as physical work begins on the revitalization project. Timi Starkweather, Executive Director of the Manson Chamber of Commerce, has been meeting with local, county, and state government representatives to define the scope and restrictions of potential grant monies and to research additional funding sources for small unincorporated towns like Manson.

Based on input from the community and various organizations, the committee identified seven priorities for the revitalization project:

  1. Light Pole Renovation
  2. Seating with shade
  3. Murals & Art
  4. Pocket Parks
  5. Gateway Signage/Monuments
  6. Parking/Downtown Roads
  7. Historic Downtown District

Committees were formed to develop plans, budgets, and a comprehensive "road map" for each priority, ensuring the success and sustainability of the projects. The Manson Chamber of Commerce still seeks volunteers to help with these priority committees. Interested individuals can contact Sue Templeton, Office Manager, by calling 509-888-1553 or stopping by the Manson Visitors Center for more information.

As the revitalization project progresses, residents and visitors can expect exciting changes in downtown Manson.

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