Successful projects that impact the image and profitability of our neighborhood business districts don’t just happen by magic. Each requires dedicated volunteers willing to donate a few hours a month toward their business district. To stimulate economic development in the context of historic preservation, the ONE Village business district improvement program has embraced a four-point approach to business district revitalization that focuses efforts on design, economic restructuring, marketing and promotions, and organization.
BUSINESS RENAISSANCE COMMITTEE:
The Business Renaissance Committee is the governing board for our business districts with a major focus on business recruitment and retention. Their major accomplishments include the establishment of a business district association and the redevelopment of four long-neglected commercial buildings in the 2800 block of Lagrange Street (click here for rental information), as well as the redevelopment of two commercial buildings on Galena Street. Commercial development projects still on the drawing board include the Ohio Theatre (click here for information) on Lagrange Street, and 2829-31 Lagrange Street with two commercial storefronts and two upper residential units (click here for information).
MARKETING & PROMOTIONS COMMITTEE:
The Marketing and Promotions Committee is working to promote a positive image of our business districts. They are responsible for communications, publications, and special events such as the Goddess Nights Out. Goddess Night Out features wine, food and friendshp and is absolutely FREE! It "celebrates the gifts of the goddesses we call women" and showcases the opportunities available in the Vistual Historic District. For more information on Goddess Night Out, call (419) 255-8406, Ext. 304, or e-mail email@example.com.
The appearance of our business districts is the task of the Design Committee, including streetscape maintenance, facade upgrades, and signs and zoning issues. This committee has implemented a window replacement fund, developed architectural design guidelines for ONE Village’s historic commercial buildings, and has been selected as the City of Toledo’s first Garden Partner for its efforts in Czelusta Park on Lagrange Street.