The Kansas Main Street program is coming to Hutchinson to talk about their Upstairs Downtown program.
This group, who revitalizes downtowns across America, helps cities spruce up their Main Street. Hutchinson is a member of the group. They are bringing the nationally acclaimed Upstairs Downtown workshop to Hutchinson in August.
The Upstairs Downtown two-day workshop will take place on August 16-17 in downtown Hutchinson. The group will provide information on redeveloping upper-floor spaces in small downtown buildings. This workshop is aimed to reach small building owners and local community leaders looking to improve their downtown commercial business districts.
“The Kansas Main Street program exists to create new possibilities for commerce and quality of life in downtown districts, and Upstairs Downtown fits that mission exactly,” Lt. Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland said in a release. “Second-floor development opens the door to so many possibilities, including new housing opportunities created by recent expansion of the Rural Housing Incentive District program. If you have an upstairs to renovate in a downtown building definitely take advantage of this meeting to learn more.”
This workshop, presented by Dan Carmody of Carmody Consulting and architect Mike Jackson, FAIA, is designed to demystify the process of reusing the upper-floor spaces of typical Main Street buildings. Carmody and Jackson will share knowledge and experience in the design changes needed to accommodate various uses, the building codes that need to be applied, the financial means necessary to make a profit and what communities can do to make it easier for building owners to pursue these projects.
The workshop will feature panel discussions about the recently approved RHID legislation and address code and fire mitigation issues in downtown projects. The panel will include building owners who have successfully completely upper-floor developments in Kansas.
“Housing is an important issue across Kansas, and we believe downtowns are positioned to play a role in helping to solve housing problems in Kansas communities,” Scott Sewell, director of the Kansas Main Street program, said in a release.
Usually, this training is open only to Main Street members, but the group has opened this up to everyone.
Seating is limited and advance registration is required. The registration fee is $50 and will close when seating is filled.
The Kansas Main Street program helps to build stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Kansas Main Street communities include Atchison, Augusta, Baldwin City, Belleville, Chanute, Coffeyville, Dodge City, El Dorado, Emporia, Garden City, Hoisington, Holton, Hutchinson, Independence, Junction City, Leavenworth, Marysville, McPherson, Ottawa, Overland Park, Parsons, Peabody, Phillipsburg, Russell, Seneca, Sterling, Wamego, and Winfield.
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