What businesses would you like to see downtown?
That’s one of several questions suggested for a market analysis for businesses recruitment to the downtown corridor.
Earlier this month Robert Johnson, economic development specialist for the Texas Main Street Program, visited Waxahachie at the request of downtown development director Anita Kornegay and the Downtown Merchants Association.
During Monday’s Waxahachie City Council meeting, Kornegay informed the council that one of Johnson’s recommendations was to conduct a market analysis, which would include a business inventory of what is available, finding out what citizens go out of town to shop for and why, as well as deciding what businesses would be desirable and appropriate to bring to the downtown area.
Kornegay said the Downtown Development Department/Main Street Program could handle the survey in house, while working in conjunction with the Downtown C3 Master Plan commissioned in 2000.
“I think this is a great time to carry this out as the county begins construction on its new facilities and the city is building a new downtown parking garage,” said councilor Joe Gallo.
“Another suggestion that was made was to increase our signage leading people to the downtown area,” Kornegay added. “If it’s possible, it would be nice if we could have signage up throughout the year.”
Downtown movie night
The council also authorized the closing of the intersection of South College and East Jefferson streets from 7:30 until about 11 p.m. Friday for the final Summer Moonlight Movie series sponsored by the Downtown Development Department/Main Street Program.
The series began this year allowing area residents to gather downtown under the stars to watch movies.
Friday’s movie will be “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” a PG-13 rated film.
Kornegay said the Waxahachie Lions Club will be offering concessions for sale during the event.
“The Summer Moonlight Movie series has been extremely popular with families,” Kornegay told the council. “This is the final movie of this year’s series. We also want to make sure that families are aware this movie is rated PG-13 due to some language and may not be suitable for all audiences.”