Across the country, historic downtowns define the communities in which they are located. They are a home for residents young and old, a focal point of work and culture, a central gathering place for the community. In short, downtowns are the heart and soul of their communities.
In the past few years, Mount Vernon residents have witnessed a rapid change in their Downtown’s revitalization. The new Kenyon College extension on South Main Street, the opening of the Grand Hotel and Ariel Foundation Park, and the development of the Knox Labs makerspace signal to residents and visitors alike a strong and positive momentum in Downtown Mount Vernon.
Now is the time for Downtown to think critically about its future. How can Downtown leverage this progress to attract future public and private development? What do Mount Vernon residents and employees want this future development to look like? And how might a strategy to move Downtown forward be implemented?
The Mount Vernon Downtown Plan will seek the answers to these questions. The planning process will develop a strategy for the Downtown that is balanced, implementable, and supported by the local community, creating a unique and focused vision to move Downtown Mount Vernon forward.