Greenville DDA focused on developing downtown


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:58 am on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) discussed ideas Tuesday about how to develop the downtown area to attract more people.

During their regular meeting, DDA members postponed talking about the previously discussed median while they wait to receive more information.

Members moved the discussion to brainstorm the possibilities that could bring people to downtown Greenville if they decided not to take the median route.

“The DDA is designed to develop the downtown,” said Chairman Roy LaMarte.

Financial concern about the median was just some of the feedback members received regarding whether they should move forward with the idea.

LaMarte said the DDA is in place to make the downtown a better place and to attract people to the area. The budget the DDA uses has been set aside for the group to be used to develop the downtown.

“It’s our job,” LaMarte said.

Some ideas included bringing the farmers market to the downtown area, developing an open-air space and beautifying downtown businesses. Mayor John Hoppough said these types of ideas would enhance the Greenville area in general.

“We need to continue to grow and enhance,” he said.

Hoppough agreed with other DDA members, saying he is happy the median got people talking about ways to improve the area, and he hopes people keep coming up with ideas.

During the next DDA meeting, scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Sept. 11, the DDA plans to resume the discussion on how to improve downtown Greenville.

 

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