One of the Mayor and Board of Trustees' key objectives is the need to place a strong emphasis on the revitalization of Downtown Frederick. This compliments the Downtown Development Plan, completed in December 2009. Downtown Frederick is poised and prepared for success – join us!
Programs & Initiatives
Downtown Frederick has a framework and foundation to ensure success. Businesses, property owners, residents, public officials, Chambers of Commerce, and other local economic development entities must be well represented.
With this in mind, the following is taking place:
- Regular meetings involving various entities with plans to establish an independent Downtown Business Association. This group would promote their businesses, sponsor events, and organize to accomplish goals and objectives.
- Exploring the option of an Entertainment District to be coupled with downtown events for outdoor entertainment.
Through promotional events, the goal is to create excitement in downtown. Downtown festivals, a weekly farmer’s market, and image development campaigns are some ways Downtown Frederick encourages customer traffic.
Enhancing the attractiveness of the downtown district, design improvements result in a reinvestment of public and private dollars to downtown. This improves the physical image of the downtown as a quality place to shop, work, walk, invest in, and live. The town makes investments into the design of downtown using the existing downtown plan design standards. Some of the notable improvements to design include:
- Creation of a Revolving Loan Fund for commercial businesses for facade enhancement including a wide array of improvements. This fund has $100,000 to loan for design improvements. Please contact Jennifer Simmons, Planning Director, to learn more.
- A Gazebo in Crist Park that will play host to bands for events and a stage for gatherings.
- A splash pad in Crist Park.
- New banners in the downtown and along Colorado Boulevard to promote downtown and its events.
- Bike racks to promote other ways to travel downtown.
- Added benches, trash bins, and flower pots.
- Improve parking by clearly identifying existing parking while also creating more parking.
- Adjustment and addition of new signage for the downtown.
Current market forces are driving the need to adapt and introduce new economic programs that produce long-term solutions. This includes recruiting new businesses and sharpening the competitive position of Downtown Frederick’s traditional merchants. It also means creatively converting unused space for new use. Some of the notable improvements include:
- An Urban Renewal Authority that will focus on the redevelopment and revitalization of blighted property in the downtown was established. This is one of many economic development tools the town uses along with Tax Increment Financing (TIF).
- Creation of various incentives that will encourage business locations in downtown.
- Major changes to the town’s Land Use Code that include, encourage and provide flexible options to various business types.
Helpful Points of Contact
Please contact the following people for their subject expertise: