Patrons walk on Main Street
near a business for rent Thursday in West Bend. Business
Improvement District Board members discussed ways to market
vacant downtown buildings Thursday.
John Ehlke/Daily News
BEND - With direction from the
Business Improvement District Board to fast-track economic
development and marketing efforts for downtown West Bend,
BID Strategic Planning Committee members laid out ideas for
a website Thursday morning to promote the area.
Committee members met at Husar’s House of Fine Diamonds to
discuss what they wanted to be included in the website and
gameplan the next steps.
“My vision of this website is to promote the BID as a whole
and not just events,” said Mike Husar, BID Board president.
City Administrator and Director of Development T.J. Justice
said since West Bend recently revamped its website he would
reach out to the city’s information technology manager. He
said he would bring a recommendation in a few weeks. The
city’s revamped website came in at a cost of $15,000.
The committee also hammered out what it would like included
in a reconstruction project of North Main Street. Members
want to minimize the presence of the bump-outs, replace the
conduit underground, replace sidewalks and possibly add
historical signage, among other things.
Committee members began meeting in May. At the first
meeting, members drafted a list of long-term projects they
would like to see.
This list included reconstructing Main Street; opening the
north end; opening the riverfront; area parking; installing
bike racks, information kiosks, holiday decorations and
attractions; and revitalizing Old Settlers Park.
The BID Board met as a whole Tuesday at City Hall and
requested the committee consider adding trees and dumpsters
to the list of ideas.
At Thursday’s meeting, strategic planning committee members
agreed to find cost estimates on Main Street reconstruction,
opening up the north end, parking and bike racks.
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