A push is on to improve downtown Manchester and make

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Main Street a regional destination. “It’s not that it’s not a healthy downtown,” General Manager Scott Shanley said, “but we all know it has more potential than it’s showing.”

The two-year push focuses efforts in three areas:

  • Public Capital Investments, to cover a downtown fiber optic network to attract technology businesses, as well as improvements for outdoor dining, pedestrian crossings and connections to Main Street parking lots, building murals, and gateway arches at both ends of downtown
  • Business Loans, to encourage businesses to take on renovations of downtown buildings for new uses
  • Downtown District Changes, to reduce the special district tax rate and update the district manager position to be “100 percent” focused on downtown economic development

Directors are to discuss the proposal over the next several weeks. Shanley said implementation after board approval could begin in the new year.

Read the entire article in the Courant here:
Manchester Leaders Hear Plan To Boost Downtown Development – Hartford Courant