Downtown Revitalization Project

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The revitalization of Downtown Mason has been identified as MADE CDC’s first project. An executive summary of the Downtown Mason Project Plan can be downloaded here.

COMING SOON

Progress Updates

Check out the MADE CDC Facebook page for the latest news on this project.

 

January 2021 - Project Kick Off

Project Rationale

Timing is right for this project because stakeholder interests are aligned.  Property owners want a stronger real estate market, business owners see an opportunity for increased business with a vibrant downtown, city government wants a flourishing downtown, and the MADE CDC is now in a position to coordinate the project.  Previous downtown projects have fallen short of expectations because of economic factors, lack of direction and leadership, and lack of a unified goal.

Project Vision

A vibrant, sustainable, pedestrian-oriented, mixed use, cultural, civic and social heart of the MADE Region.

 

Through an innovative partnership between the private and public sectors and led by the MADE CDC, Downtown Mason will be refreshed with an assortment of fresh, healthy, sustainable offerings resulting in:

  • Clearly defined boundaries of a downtown area that promotes the Mason and regional brand

  • 3 to 4 times density, sufficient to support downtown commerce

  • Increased property values and diverse housing offerings to stimulate downtown migration

  • Regional, local and specialty retail, dining and entertainment

  • Culture & arts hub

  • Long-term plan for maintenance and a coordinated infrastructure: utilities, transit, parking, streets, safety and cleanliness

  • New jobs, employment volume and variety to attract business and talent

  • Increased community connections, health and education

Project Approach

The MADE CDC is uniquely suited to the crucial role of representing, coordinating and communicating the non-partisan interests of the general public across organizational and governmental boundaries. MADE CDC’s primary strategy is community development and desires a region where residents, business owners, private and public property owners and institutions of every kind prosper.

MADE CDC’s approach involves placemaking and partnership, maintaining respect for the region’s heritage and history while continuing to move forward. This project is seeking long-term change for the region with visible changes coming in the next five years. Since public participation and support is crucial, the CDC will act as an interface for stakeholders and the general public.

 

MADE CDC will:

  • Maintain a public webpage to show progress and engage the community;

  • Track opinions, proposals and progress and share with all parties;

  • Lead the planning, organizing and communication of programs and projects that support our priorities and fit with our current focus;

  • Help the community identify, plan and coordinate goals, tasks, roles and the resources necessary to achieve them.

Project Focus Areas

To achieve a vibrant, sustainable, pedestrian-oriented, mixed use, cultural, civic and social heart of the MADE Region, the MADE CDC will focus on the following:

  • Historic building rehab/preservation

  • Parking plan & structures

  • Multi-unit residential

    • For-rent apartments, flats

    • For-sale townhouses, flats

  • Multi-story, mixed use retail/office

    • Office, incubator

    • Local retail, specialty retail, pharmacy, grocer

    • Boutique hotel

  • Local dining/entertainment

    • Family-friendly

    • Restaurants, night clubs/bars

  • Community connections, healthy living programs and events

    • System of pedestrian paths, open spaces, streetscapes

    • Arts, music, shows/movies

    • Bike parking, health club

Project Goals

Built from the foundational goals established by the MADE Chamber Downtown Committee in 2018, we have evolved these goals to guide the tasks necessary to continue on momentum.

  1. Collaboration: Foster a spirit of support to achieve maximum impact

  2. Governing: Advance cross-organizational policies that foster support public and private investment

  3. Branding: Implement a brand that supports and promotes business growth

  4. Experiences: Partner on select impactful events that draw people to community gathering spaces

  5. Wellness & Resiliency: Promote resilience, healthy living by educating residents

  6. (Re)Development: Enhance downtown appearance, bolster lagging real estate market, create jobs, increase residency, promote commerce

Project Resources

  • Investments by private individuals and institutions

  • Loans or gifts from private individuals or organizations

  • Fee and/or profit-generating activities and projects

  • Publicly owned assets including land and buildings

  • Public agency loans and grants

  • Tax incentives from government