The Downtown Development Authority board moved one step closer at their Tuesday meeting to closing the streets of Olde Town for pedestrian-friendly events on Friday evenings once a month.
The board continued discussion of a regular monthly event, possibly on the first or fourth Fridays, where the streets would be closed except for pedestrians and Olde Town businesses would stay open later. The events would possibly feature some type of entertainment, such as a live band.
Board members agreed more definite details needed to be worked out, such as who would be in charge of planning and promoting the events and where would the budget come from.
Jorge Flores suggested a brainstorming session or forum with the Olde Town business owners to gather stakeholder input.
Further planning was assigned to the Economic Restructuring Committee under Daniel Digby.
Board members cited similar events held by cities such as Suwanee and Duluth.
In other DDA business:
- The DDA voted to separate the board for the Main Street Conyers program and the Downtown Development Authority.
- Trick-or-Treating in Olde Town will still be held, although the county courthouse will not be participating this year, in part due to budgetary cutbacks. Schools that have participated in the past include Pine Street Elementary, Eastminster, Conyers First Presbyterian preschoolers and Conyers First United Methodist preschoolers.
- The DDA board also discussed the idea of putting up a permanent banner holder to advertise upcoming events possibly across Commercial Street or Main Street. The board decided to consult city employee Brad Sutton on his feedback of the feasibility and ideal locations.