Mayor Tom Arthur hopes to make a nine-year-old plan a reality.
In 1995, a Brazil Downtown Revitalization Plan was developed, Arthur wrote in a letter to members of the community. The plan was formed by then-Mayor Kenny Crabb, Indiana Historic Landmarks Foundation, Clay County Economic Development Organization, Total Quality of Life Committee members and the Brazil Downtown Revitalization Master Plan Steering Committee.
According to Arthur, the plan has yet to be fulfilled, but he thinks the time is right.
In a letter dated Oct. 18, he wrote, "With your help and with the reconstruction of U.S. 40 from city limits to city limits in the future I think this is the opportunity to make this plan a reality."
To kick off the latest effort, Arthur invited Indiana Main Street Director Mark McConaghy and Assistant Director Jenelle Collins to present "What is the Main Street Program" at 2 p.m. today in Riddell National Bank's community room on National Ave., downtown. The meeting is open to the public and has been promoted in The Brazil Times.
The Main Street program identifies the existing positive downtown elements and encourages the revitalization of the entire downtown area.
The program is being utilized in 27 states and more than 300 communities.
The Indiana Main Street Program is part of the Indiana Department of Commerce and has 119 member cities and towns in the state.
"Main Street is a comprehensive, incremental, self-help process for revitalizing historical commercial business districts," Arthur wrote.
See a complete report on the meeting Tuesday's Brazil Times.