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April 2, 2014

Downtown committee refines goals, strategies

The Downtown Market Study and Parking Analysis Steering Committee is one step closer to having a draft report. Peter Lemmon, of TADI, and Diane Williams, of Business Districts Inc., presented further refined goals and strategies to make downtown Zionsville stronger and more viable. DOWNTOWN MARKET Williams said downtown Zionsville has a lot of positive qualities already. "You have consistently strong consumer markets," she said. "The other thing is that residents do come downtown. There's a mythology that that wasn't happening, and that's not the case." Williams said other factors such as the authenticity of the Village, a desire to be on Main Street and reasonably good traffic flow also benefits the Village. "I think the thing here that is really important going forward is collaboration," she said. "Everyone needs to work together; there can't be different agendas, different focuses. I don't get the sense that most people in this area are interested in progress without change. The emphasis must be on moving it forward and what can be and could be done rather than what was tried." Williams said the only constant that will happen with the Village is change. She said businesses will constantly be moving out and moving in. "One of the final things is that downtown business owners are responsible for marketing their own business," she said. "That's no one's responsibility but their own. The biggest concern for any retail business is not the competition, it's obscurity. From a competitive standpoint, that is their job. Nobody else brings customers to their door." See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.

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