Downtown Advisory Board selected
Awaiting study results so they can get to work
By Kathleen Goddeyne -
Several weeks ago, the City of Fruita announced the creation of a Downtown Advisory Board. The City also advertised vacancies on the board and outlined terms for the position.
Applicants for the board were reviewed and appointed at the last City Council meeting on Oct. 2.
City Council member, Cullen Purser, will serve as the Council Liaison. Members of the board include Robert Breeden, Ken Kreie, Linda Kurtz, Jesse and Laci Mease, Gail Corbett, Shauna Davies, Wynne Bouley, Veronica Daehn Harvey, Jeannine Purser, Camilla Nilsson-Smith, Gennaro Connors, and Brian Gregor.
The board will serve in an advisory capacity to the Fruita City Council to better Fruita’s downtown. The board will address issues such as parking, lighting, landscaping, diversity of retail opportunities, pedestrian needs, design standards, zoning, vehicle circulation, facilities such as arts and incubator centers, critical infrastructure, and organizational/implementation needs. The board hopes to bring resources of the downtown community together to promote the area.
“It’s still in the very early stages,” said Dahna Raugh, Fruita Community Development Director.
The Downtown Advisory Board is still waiting on the report from the consultants from Downtown Colorado Inc. after their visit in Aug.
“We expect to have that report fairly soon and that will have a laundry list of different things this board can start to pursue in an effort to revitalize the downtown area,” Raugh said. “They won’t follow it (the DCI report) exactly, but it’s a starting point.”