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Q. - Are there any future plans to make the downtown
area into an arts district with more apartment lofts, art galleries,
movie theaters, shopping, wine tasting and restaurants?
I think that our town could offer a lot of potential
to these types of business and bring back life to our downtown area
for the younger and older generation.
Has anyone discussed future plans for this?
I have seen several small towns like Terrell
change to an Art district to bring in people traveling through and revenue
to small business owners. Hot Springs, AR revived their run down town
by doing this and it worked.
Answer - A facility locator looking for a site in
Terrell recently remarked how unusually vital our downtown area is.
Those of us who have lived here for some time tend not to realize how
much improved our downtown district has become over the last few years.
We are working to make it even better.
Many of the things you mention are already in place.
- Some individual stores host wine tasting from time to time, especially
Opera House Gifts & Décor.
- There are art displays and exhibitions in the downtown area, including
a rotating gallery in the Marketing Center on Moore Avenue.
Pritchett's Jewelry often has art pieces on display too.
- Marie Risinger's Country Store hosts trunk shows of the newest fashions
nearly every month.
- The IRIS Theater shows classic movies on the second and fourth Friday
of the month. The movies are free - popcorn and soft drinks are offered
on a donation basis. Books & Crannies, in that same location, offers
book clubs and reading groups as well ceramic art pieces for sale.
- The downtown Halloween event brings in a huge crowd, mostly children
in costume trick or treating with their parents. You should make a point
to check that out.
- There are currently 6 loft apartments in downtown with plans underway
for 4 more in existing buildings. The Marketing Staff is encouraging
developers looking at downtown properties to consider mixed use (residential,
retail, commercial) development. Loft living is a part of the mixed
The Mayor and Council have approved the repaving of the street behind
the south row of buildings on Moore Avenue. This project includes provisions
for additional parking. With that improvement in place we can look forward
to more street events on a regular basis.
The City adopted new zoning changes last summer that will help us protect
the character of the downtown area. These changes will also help extend
the downtown concepts to the areas surrounding the central downtown
You have some great ideas and I would encourage you to contact Lynette
Nadeau at the City of Terrell Marketing
Department to discuss other ideas you might have.
It sounds like you would be a welcome asset to the downtown association,
an association of business owners and citizens who work to enhance the
central part of Terrell.
Hal Richards, Mayor