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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- Ford Road bridge to close about Aug. 1 Construction of a detour is nearly complete, and the Ford Road bridge over Eagle Creek will be closed on or about Aug. 1, Boone County Highway Superintendent Rick Carney said Monday, July 21.
- Library patrons learn about herb gardening There are more than 300 species of thyme, which has antiseptic properties and has had many uses throughout the ages, including rubbing it into the eyes to bring about visions of fairies. "Which I would imagine, if you grind herbs into your eyes, you'd be seeing fairies," quipped Amy Mullen, The Fraudulent Farmgirl blogger and lead designer at Spotts Garden Service in Indianapolis.
- Zionsville ranked No. 1 safe place in state An analysis by staff at the Movoto Real Estate Blog found that the safest city in Indiana is Zionsville.
- Whitestown to have commuter bus service Commuter bus service is coming to Whitestown through the Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority.
- Plan Commission recommends approval for downtown study The downtown parking study and market analysis is one approval away from being added to the town's comprehensive plan.
- 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.
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