City explores upper living possibilities downtown

Mike Putman
Posted 3/12/17

The revitalization of downtown Jasper is really happening!

With the guidance of Main Street Al- abama’s 4-point Approach of Design, Organization, Promotion, and Economic Vitality, the heart of our city and county is coming back to life.

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City explores upper living possibilities downtown

Posted

The revitalization of downtown Jasper is really happening!

With the guidance of Main Street Alabama’s 4-point Approach of Design, Organization, Promotion, and Economic Vitality, the heart of our city and county is coming back to life.

As some busi
nesses, retailers and
restaurants are either opening or relocating to our downtown district and while there is no shortage of events held here, clearly, much remains to be done for total revitalization.

Our next initiative of revitalization will potentially bring people to live in downtown Jasper via upper story living. Many upper story living quarters exist in downtown Jasper and while hidden like the now-vibrant store-fronts that remained empty for decades, these too can come alive again with purpose and vitality.

Downtown districts throughout our state including Gadsden, Anniston, Birmingham and Decatur have successfully implemented upper story living. Downtown Jasper has the momentum and resources, along with a progressive board of directors, investors and real estate visionaries, to also successfully implement this initiative.

On March 13 and 14, Jasper Main Street will play host to the state’s Main Street Directors and other inter- ested people at our workshop entitled “Livin’ Up Downtown” led by Ron Drake of Ron Drake Consulting LLC out of Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Ron is all about improving the quality of life in small town America. His successes include restoring 17 historic buildings and revitalizing over 75,000 square feet of downtown space in Siloam Springs into a vibrant cultural center.

And while Ron will be leading this workshop for our statewide organization, he is arriving a day early to conduct a study specifically for downtown Jasper’s potential for upper story living.

Meetings with city officials, real estate agents, investors, property owners and the Jasper Main Street Board of Directors and, of course, a tour of the living spaces will all be part of his research. That tour will included the third floor of the Burton Building, the second floor of the former Ivey Building and the building adjacent to the east of Bernard’s Store for Men.

As we look forward to the potential that this new frontier can hold for downtown Jasper, we also recognize the history of those who walked before us to settle this downtown district. Let’s go forward together as we catapult our community to a new and exciting future. We are Downtown Jasper! Flourish With Us!

Mike Putman is the executive director of Jasper Main Street