Location, location, location … that’s what it’s all about in the retail business.
It might also be the key decision in how to pump up Greenville’s downtown area. A recent movement by the city’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce to consider pursuing grant funds to develop a downtown area activities pavilion is unquestionably a great idea.
Greenville has succeeded in being a conservatively run city. The availability of outside grants has been critical to the city’s participation in new projects. This new proposal, dependent upon a grant, brings a few thoughts about the conception of a new public facility downtown. The project involves a pavilion-type structure that would be open to a variety of public activities.
We welcome any effort or activity that might enhance Greenville’s downtown.
For Greenville’s citizens, we think supporters of the project should offer a list of ideas for the use of a new central city marketplace. We support any reasonable project in that area. We also believe a farmer’s market should be a close-in part of it all — therefore, back to our location, location pronouncement — and make it a permanent place for our farmers complete with seasonal signs directing folks to the location. However, any such facility should consider plenty of room for a number and variety of activities that bring people downtown and to the community.
Bottom line here is who will assume responsibility for operations? Will it be the city, or the DDA, or some other body? If the project moves forward, nail it down early for all citizens to understand.
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