Posted by on August 8, 2017

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.

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  1. ohmadvisorsplanning
    August 8, 2017

  2. Mark Kelly
    August 17, 2017

    We are only three year residents of the area and absolutely love Mt. Vernon and all that the area has to offer. Thanks for opening the discussion of planning for the future development of the downtown. We are blessed (unlike too many similarly towns) with a downtown that is not only attractive and inviting but one that continues to improve.

    Your initiative is both well timed and should be welcomed by all.

    Thank you!

  3. Anonymous
    August 18, 2017

    you people are destroying our city

  4. Kathleen Posey
    August 20, 2017

    We need to partner with Mount Vernon, Virginia. Colonial City; continue the the,e with The Mount Vernon Grand Hotel and the theme Karen Buchwald Wright started.

  5. Nancy R. Vail
    August 29, 2017

    Looking forward to learning more!

  6. Kristina Sullivan
    August 31, 2017

    I would like to see more small businesses downtown: shoe repair, dime store/stationery store, coffee shops, restaurants, candy shops, fabric/tailoring shops, book shops, art shops, bistros, toy shops, music shop, places to meet and talk with others and do the ordinary business of life with some new invitations. Our downtown has less these days to attract local residents except for festivals; considering we have two colleges nearby, why not a shoe store, a clothing store or two, a tailor shop, a hat shop? A woodworking tool shop? The investments made by the colleges is a wonderful start, along with the Woodward restoration and the city block grants. I like the walkability of Mount Vernon and hope we can keep that, filling in rather than spreading out.