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Posted on: January 24, 2019

City Council Approves a Downtown Revitalization Strategy

The Aledo City Council approved a Resolution Authorizing an Agreement between the City of Aledo and 353 Court, LLC for the Development and Implementation of a Downtown Revitalization Strategy.  The City has sought a proposal from 323 Court LLC for consulting services consisting of an assessment of downtown building inventory and business opportunities, and the development and implementation of an action plan for downtown revitalization and building stabilization.  The Mayor and City Council of the City determined that the approval of the Proposal is in the best interests of the City by furthering the health, safety, morals and welfare of its residents and taxpayers by attracting private investment and generally enhancing the economy of the City.  

353 Court was established to evaluate, redevelop and revitalize historic downtown business districts.  While each town is unique in its own respect, their process focuses on identifying building and business assets within the community, enhancement of existing activities and creating, new sustainable opportunities.  353 will begin with a collaborative endeavor to educate stakeholders on the value of the downtown reinvestment. Next, a targeted market assessment including on-the-ground evaluation of physical building conditions, business mix, asset inventory, and resource identification.  

In 2011, the 353 court team launched a joint effort with the City of Pekin, Pekin Main Street, and 353 Court where direct engagement with community leadership and focused early actions were incorporated into the work to insure that the findings from the assessment were put into action.  Their approach jump starts similar economic development efforts in selected communities where other elements of a healthy community are emerging such as embracing the arts, building stabilization, and job creation through small business startups.  

Their latest downtown revitalization project is in Havana, Illinois.  353 began in 2016 with a targeted market assessment including on-the-ground evaluations, a physical building condition survey, asset and blight inventories, and determining potential uses for future resource allocation.  Additional phases of the ongoing administration process are designed to increase community engagement and participation by working collaboratively with the municipality, community groups and local entrepreneurs.  This effort provides technical assistance when needed and capacity building as needed on a case-by-case basis. 

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