The Downtown Renaissance District has released a survey to gauge what residents, employees and visitors of Hopkinsville and Christian County would like to see in downtown Hopkinsville
“We want to hear from you. We want to know where your favorite spots in Christian County are. We want to know where your favorite spots in downtown Hopkinsville are. We want to know what you most appreciate about our downtown area and we also want to know what you view as a hindrance to continued downtown revitalization efforts,” stated Holly Boggess, Downtown Renaissance Director.
The Downtown Renaissance District, during their June 12th “Downtown Stroll, Sip & Shop” event, distributed paper copies of the Downtown Renaissance District survey to patrons of the event. Approximately 50 were collected that evening. On Tuesday of this week, the survey was launched via the Downtown Renaissance District Facebook page. The survey has since been emailed to downtown business and property owners along with employees in the downtown area. The Downtown Renaissance District will share the information obtained via the survey with the consultant firm, The Walker Collaborative, who is currently developing the next Downtown Hopkinsville Revitalization Strategy. Their recommendations will be presented to the Local Development Corporation (LDC) and the City of Hopkinsville for both short-term and long-term revitalization strategies in the coming months.
The LDC oversees the Downtown Renaissance District whose mission statement is: “The Downtown Renaissance District Program will undertake community development activities in the Downtown Renaissance District to provide an attractive, accessible, sustainable, walkable, business-friendly hub that honors our past and welcomes our future.” The LDC is currently spearheading the Sudden Service Station Restoration Project in downtown Hopkinsville as part of their commitment toward economic development activities and they serve as the administering agency for all of downtown Hopkinsville’s incentive programs. They are also the contracting agency with The Walker Collaborative regarding the Downtown Hopkinsville Revitalization Strategy.
The Walker Collaborative is a consulting firm with 30+ years of experience in Planning and Downtown Revitalization. Mr. Phil Walker, FAICP, is Principal of The Walker Collaborative and has authored books such as Downtown Planning for Smaller and Midsized Communities, noted as “Best of Class” by the Planners Press. He has also worked for and with other private consulting firms as well as having held public sector positions such as the Executive Director of the Downtown Improvement Board in Pensacola, Florida and the City Planning Director in Natchez, Mississippi. “It’s very impressive what has already been achieved in recent years toward the revitalization of Downtown Hopkinsville, and our consultant team is excited to be part of these latest efforts through this strategic planning project,” stated Walker.
Stakeholder meetings were led by The Walker Collaborative in May of this year in which various segments of the community came together to discuss their vision for downtown Hopkinsville. “If you could go away for 5 years and then return, what would you like downtown Hopkinsville to look like?” was the question posed by Mr. Walker and his team. That question was asked of local realtors, financial institutions, church representatives, social service providers, business owners and operators, chamber of commerce representatives, economic development specialists and public officials. Answers ranged from continued beautification efforts to enhanced parking to filling every storefront with a viable business. This survey is intended to expand the reach outside those particular population segments in order to obtain a broader sense of what the community desires with respect to continued downtown revitalization efforts.
The survey is available on the Downtown Renaissance District’s website: http://www.hopkinsvilleky.us/visitors/historic_hopkinsville/index.php and on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Downtown-Renaissance-District-1396674960598823/. Printed copies are also available at Community and Development Services, 710 South Main Street, inside the Hopkinsville Municipal Center. If you would like to receive an email link to the survey, send a request to: email@example.com with the subject line “survey” and a link will be provided to you. The survey will remain open until at least mid-July when The Walker Collaborative returns to conduct planning charrettes with additional community members. If you are interested in receiving additional information regarding those planning charrettes, please contact the Downtown Renaissance District at 270.887.4285 to sign up.