Your Views: Partnerships play key role in downtown’s success
Ongoing efforts by downtown property owners to create a business improvement district (BID) are only the latest in a series of consequential decisions made by public and private stakeholders aimed at revitalizing downtown Janesville.
With the ARISE plan as its guide, the city continues to prime the pump for increased private reinvestment in the heart of the community. We are in the midst of transformative change, with major infrastructure projects such as recent removal of the outdated parking plaza to open up the riverfront, construction of the town square as a public gathering space and future reconstruction of West Milwaukee Street, including replacement of the bridge (built in 1913), to improve the overall function and appearance of this vital corridor. Coupled with revitalization programs like the downtown revolving loan fund, tax increment financing and historic tax credits available through the state and federal governments, the city’s efforts provide additional momentum to improvements already made or under consideration by downtown stakeholders and the business community.
Decisions to renovate or restore a downtown building, locate a business in the city’s core or devote additional time and financial resources to the downtown district are all key ingredients in the partnership that will sustain our downtown’s success this year, next year and beyond.
Janesville Planning Services manager