Main Street touts accomplishments in state of the street address
Steamboat Springs — The state of downtown Steamboat Springs is strong.
That was the message MainStreet Steamboat manager Lisa Popovich had for the city’s elected officials Tuesday as she went through a list of positive developments in the city’s downtown corridor during her “State of the Street” address.
Popovich said as of July, 15 new businesses had opened, and seven had closed downtown. The new businesses range from a sports bar on the west end of downtown to a new electric bicycle shop.
Popovich said the shuffling of businesses ultimately resulted in a net gain of 27 full-time jobs and 21 part-time jobs.
Popovich thanked city officials for the multi-million dollar investment the city is currently making in downtown infrastructure such as new sidewalks.
While the work has created some inconveniences for businesses on Yampa Street, Popovich continued to express optimism the work would be a benefit in the long run.
“They are greatly needed improvements,” she said.
In addition to the city’s investment, downtown property owners themselves this year have invested about $2 million in renovations and improvements on existing properties, Popovich said.
She added there have been about $9 million in real estate transactions completed downtown so far this year.
Sales tax collections in the downtown corridor are collectively up 6.9 percent through June.
“That show’s we’re doing OK,” Popovich said.
MainStreet itself has finished some recent projects and is turning its attention to new ones.
The organization recently launched a new website, and it has plans to start an interactive online directory for downtown businesses.
Popovich said the directory would be open to businesses regardless of whether they are members of MainStreet.
“This is a true benefit to our small business owners,” she said.
Popovich concluded her State of the Street address by touting the popularity of the farmers market this summer.
“We’ve had more vendors and visitors than ever before,” she said.
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