Celebrate Downtown Greeley as a Success!

Monday evening November 5th, the Greeley Historic Preservation Commission and the Downtown Development Authority hosted a celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the designation of the Downtown Greeley Historic District on the Greeley Historic Register, and the removal of Downtown Greeley from Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s Colorado’s Most Endangered Places List.

In 2002 Downtown Greeley was nominated and selected to be listed as one of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places, due to economic deterioration, urban growth to the west, and a high vacancy rate of its downtown buildings. Downtown Greeley was a thriving urban center until the mid-1970s, and was even made internationally famous by the novel, “Centennial” which traced the history of the plains of northeast Colorado. The area listed contains many structures significant to Greeley’s history and development including the:  Buckingham Gordon Building, the Greeley Tribune Building, the Hawes Building, the New Cash La Pouder Irrigation Company Building, the Marlborough Building, and the Camfield Court Building.  Downtown Greeley is the historical center of the City.

After being listed, the Downtown Development Authority, along with the support of the Greeley Historic Preservation Commission, built a strong support network of business professionals through the Main Street Board, began Plaza redevelopment, opening plazas to automobile traffic, and removed some of the newer facades to reveal historic storefronts, which in turn began to bring businesses back to the district.

Several Greeley community members, business owners, and city officials came out to the event to celebrate their Downtown, and a great time was had by all! The celebration was hosted at the lovely Kress Cinema, which is working to fundraise for a digital projection system.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kresscinema/keep-the-kress

(link for the kick starter campaign for the Kress)

http://www.greeleydowntown.com/

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