Carrollton, Ky., streetscape
project moves forward with vision
Local business owners eager
to see future changes unfold
Local businesses share visions for downtown Carrollton, Ky., and the riverfront based on input from customers and personal experiences with the local economy. The streetscape is already primed with the current beautification project, adding interest and color with flowers to the bump-outs along the curves.
Business owners can envision hanging baskets and planters lining the streets. Picture, residents and tourists strolling the streets stopping to enjoy a good cup of coffee in the morning before browsing boutiques for Kentucky Proud products and more. The streetscape vision continues with cafes, diners and ice-cream parlors or perhaps a stop by one of the food trucks; children laughing and playing at the splash park while families watch from the park benches then ending the afternoon dining at one of the restaurants. They envision this all while enjoying the panoramic vistas of the Ohio River.
Downtown Carollton, Ky is pictured above.
“I would love to see the revitalization of our vacant buildings by connecting property owners with buyers who are passionate about Carroll County and provide a five-year business plan to insure commitment to the local economy,” said Dinah Marshall, owner of Artful Gifts in Carrollton.
Responses gathered provide input from people spanning the geographic area from Cincinnati to Louisville, Ky. The survey is a fact-finding tool to guide the direction of future projects of the CCCDC, based on the needs and wants expressed by the community, Mathis said. Once the data has been analyzed and presented to the board, the findings will be made available to the public. The fact finding provides insight to the first steps toward the city’s future and will set the direction for generations to follow, Mathis said.
Their visions are not limited to just the streetscape; they also include the riverscape. They envision that boaters will also be able to enjoy the riverfront with docks so they to can stop and shop. This would allow boaters glimpses of Carrollton’s rich heritage while embracing the future shopping and dining in downtown Carrollton. They would like to see tourists stopping to enjoy the unique sights and delights of the area boasting two rivers compelling them to return and enjoy the festivals and so much more. Picture picnicing in the park, bicycling and watersports.
Maguanna Qualls, owner of Maguana’s Unique Gifts & Flowers in Carrollton, said, “I always thought we need a marina with gas pumps, food stand and perhaps a small bait shop. This would be another attraction at the river. It would be beneficial and draw more tourists adding to the local economy.”
Recently, residents and non-residents had the opportunity to share what they would like to see happen in downtown Carrollton and along the riverfront. They were able to share what the community envisions for their future. They provided insights into how the community wants to thrive, envisioning their future and the building blocks for their children and grandchildren's’ future.
The Carroll County Community Development Corp. recently conducted a survey of local residents about what they would like to see the Carrollton downtown and riverfront area become. Connecting Point Park to the downtown via a River Walk is one of the agency’s more recent projects. Gary Mathis, CCCDC’s executive director, said that they are currently analyzing the data from the survey. Responses to the survey provided varied input from people who live, work and visit Carroll County.
Nine hundred people completed the survey, he said. It was the CCCDC’s goal to receive input primarily from the residents of Carroll County, plus information from people who work in and visit Carroll County. Sixty-Four percent of the people responding to the survey were from residents of Carroll County, including residents from the town and country. Thirty-six percent of those who responded work in or travel to Carroll County.
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