Downtown Mason Mile Project
Where Progress and Nostalgia Meet

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Our Downtown Mason Mile will be a refreshed, healthy, and vibrant regional heart - where we will honor our past while we build into the future TOGETHER.

  • Community led and market driven

  • Honors our history while building into our future

  • Fresh, healthy, and sustainable live, work, and play character

A better Mason Mile and MADE Region for ALL!

  

Progress Updates

Check out the MADECDC Facebook page or join the Downtown Mason Stakeholders Facebook group for the latest news on this project. 

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 MADECDC is 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. These areas will all be prioritized in our ten plus year planning horizon. 

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 MADECDC, the Downtown Mason Mile 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

  • 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

MADECDC 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. MADECDC’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.

MADECDC’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, MADECDC will act as an interface for stakeholders and the general public.

MADECDC 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, MADECDC will focus on the following:

  • Historic building rehab/preservation

  • Parking plan & structures

  • Multi-unit residential

  • Multi-story, mixed use retail/office

  • Local dining/entertainment

  • Community connections, healthy living programs and events

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