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7/1/13 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Main Street Siloam Springs


Main Street LogoSiloam Springs, ARK. — Main Street Siloam Springs will facilitate the creation of a Siloam Springs Downtown & Connectivity Master Plan, with the goal of completion by July 2014. The organization is working in collaboration with key community partners, including the City of Siloam Springs, to hire a planning firm, host public meetings, and guide the creation of the 5-7 year plan for phased improvements to the core downtown area.

The purpose of the Master Plan is to address downtown revitalization as an economic development strategy that will drive wellness and quality of life improvements in Siloam Springs. Specific aims are to:

1. Sustain and continue the preservation and development of downtown Siloam Springs through infrastructure and facility planning, and complementary programming.

2. Improve Siloam Springs’ built environment through addressing Sager Creek as a major asset and planning for a more walkable downtown core.

3. Connect downtown to other major assets in Siloam Springs.

“We’ve spent the last year researching best practices and raising funds for the creation of this Master Plan, and are thrilled that we can take this proactive step toward planning for our community’s future sustainability and growth,” explained Main Street Board President Shelley Simmons. “This is truly a community effort, which will be reflected in the makeup of our project steering committee and in the broad benefit the final plan will provide.”

Funding to complete the Master Plan came from a Walton Family Foundation grant, a $35,000 matching portion from the City of Siloam Springs, and other donations by the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce, Bridges to Wellness, John Brown University, Simmons, and the Siloam Springs Regional Hospital. Additional letters of support came from the Siloam Springs School District, Arvest Siloam Springs, and Cobb.

Main Street Siloam Springs Executive Director Meredith Bergstrom said about the timing of the plan, “There is a tremendous amount of momentum around the vibrancy and development of our downtown right now. It couldn’t be a better time to come together and create a strong, effective plan for the future.”

Greg Philips, Director of Main Street Arkansas, supports the organization’s creation of a master plan. “A comprehensive downtown master plan is important because it will provide the framework for the future appropriate development of downtown, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods and gateways into downtown. It will provide guidance on policies, ordinances, infrastructure and green space improvements, and the various financing options needed to encourage further historic preservation projects and economic development downtown.”

For more information, contact Main Street Siloam Springs Executive Director, Meredith Bergstrom, by phone or email: 479.524.4556 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..








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