AVON — The Village of Avon held a neighborhood meeting in order to address signs in the village that do not meet the village code, as a result a new conversation started began on ways to offer support to local small businesses.
At the meeting, Avon Mayor Tom Freeman invited business owners in to go over the code for putting up signs. This initial conversation led to talks about the frequency of signs and the fact that they are cluttered, which ultimately led to a discussion on a new coalition for downtown Avon. Deputy Director of Livingston County Economic Development, Maureen Wheeler, is taking part of potential new coalition.
“I was excited when Nicole Martin (project architect at In Site Architecture) contacted me with this idea, as many of the Villages in Livingston County have ‘Main Street’ focused groups that bring business owners and community members together to enhance and promote their downtown,” said Wheeler. “There are a lot of exciting things going on in Avon right now including the renovation of the Avon Inn, the Library, and soon the Park Theater. A Village’s downtown district should be the heart of the community, a social and commercial hub, and a group like this could help to reestablish Avon’s downtown district as just that.”
Christine Quinlan, one of the front-runners suggesting this new coalition, says that she doesn’t want to duplicate the Avon Chamber of Commerce’s efforts.
The Avon Chamber of Commerce focuses on business within Avon but the new coalition would focus more on the downtown businesses and offer them much needed support as Main Street strives to make improvements.