A steering committee is starting to get an idea of how to make downtown Zionsville stronger and promote a healthy mix of businesses. The Downtown Market Study and Parking Analysis Steering Committee met Tuesday morning, Feb. 25, to discuss preliminary goals and strategies with Diane Williams, of Business Districts Inc., and Peter Lemmon, of TADI. When the report is finished, it will provide a guiding document for future development in the Village. PEER COMMUNITIES Williams studied the downtown areas of five peer communities including Wilmette, Ill., and Dublin, Ohio. She noticed some common themes with all of the communities that contributed to the strong downtown presence in each. "They all have collaboration and partnerships and the ability to look beyond and focus on the future of their downtown," she said. "All of them are great communities and are really about the future and not the past. Related to that, it’s about knowing and understanding real estate and seeking a balance that will work for the community. Many of the communities have programs and practices for entrepreneurial growth." Williams said another theme is that many of the business owners in those communities are proactive. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.
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- Downtown plan outlines strategies, goals The town of Zionsville is about to have another tool to help market and shape the future of the Village. A draft of the downtown Zionsville market study and parking analysis was presented to the working group Tuesday morning, June 24. It outlines several strategies and goals to help make downtown Zionsville more economically viable. The plan comes after the town adopted a strategic plan for the southeast quadrant of Zionsville as well as a comprehensive plan for the town.
- Zionsville local is crowned Miss Boone County Rachel Miller of Zionsville was crowned 2014 Miss Boone County 4-H Fair on Sunday, July 13. The 2013 Miss Boone County, Kate Emmert, was at the Witham Health Services Pavilion on the 4-H Fairgrounds to pass off her crown to Miller.
- Work set to begin on summer projects The Zionsville Community Schools Board of Trustees, at it's Monday, July 14, meeting, approved all summer construction projects and purchases for the corporation.
ZFD Knocks Down Fire
The Zionsville Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 7880 Circle Drive around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday night, July 9.
VIDEO: Fourth of July celebration fills Lions Park
Residents swarmed into Lions Park for Zionsville's Fourth of July celebration. The event included a watermelon eating contest, food, a kids area with inflatables, music, and of course, fireworks.
- Town council approves all items at meeting The Monday, July 7, Zionsville Town Council meeting saw a passing of all seven business items and only minor changes from previous drafts.
- Plan shows what needs to change for parking The downtown market study and parking analysis working group got a better of idea on how to handle possible future parking issues during its Tuesday, June 24, meeting. While parking isn't a problem in the Village, the downtown market study and parking analysis outlines ways to improve the town's parking situation, which often hits near-full levels during peak lunch and dinner hours.
- U.S. Attorney announces arrest of Zionsville man INDIANAPOLIS — United States Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett announced Tuesday, July 1, the arrest of Alan S. Mizen, 59, of Zionsville. Federal authorities are charging Mizen with theft, alleging he embezzled more than $300,000 from programs that receive federal funds.
- Public Agenda from July 9, 2014 The following are public meetings from Wednesday, July 9, through Wednesday, July 16:
- Police Reports from July 9, 2014 The following people with name, age, address, charge and arresting agency, were booked into the Boone County Jail; charges are preliminary and may be changed subject to review by the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office.
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