September 14, 2018

Main Street Complete Streets Construction Project

  • Replace aging water, electrical, and concrete infrastructure.
  • Increase pedestrian walkability, safety and accessibility.
  • Increase lighting within the corridor.
  • Slow down traffic with roundabouts and a road diet.
  • Widen sidewalks and increase connectivity between districts.
  • Install modern features like wifi and wireless sound system.
  • Create a destination for locals and tourists.
Orchard Intersection

Construction Status:

The Main Street Complete Streets construction project is in design.  Construction is scheduled for early 2019 and is estimated to take 7-10 months.

What to expect before construction:

  • In preparation for next year's major construction, many waterlines, sidewalks, ADA ramps, traffic signal upgrades, and other projects in the downtown area will be constructed in 2018. Various street closures and restrictions may be in place.  Visit our web page for more information:
  • Business owners, property owners, and residents are invited to participate in the design process and encouraged to be informed by attending all public meetings.
  • Small business educational classes are available at HQ to support our local businesses and increase the resiliency of the downtown businesses before, during, and after construction.
  • Complete Streets HQ will have all the latest information available to all stakeholders and the general public and will be open throughout construction.
  • Once Construction Plans are ready the project will be posted for bidding and the awarded contractor will need to be approved by City Council.

2018 Construction Season Update:

  • Waterline installation continues along W. Broadway between Auburn and Miller.
  • Please be advised that Behrend Avenue between Main St and Broadway will be CLOSED beginning Monday, September 17th through Monday, October 1, 2018 for waterline installation. Construction hours are 8am-5pm. Detours and barricades will be in place.
  • Construction continues around the Civic Center area.

Should you have any questions regarding this project, road closures, or street restrictions, please do not hesitate to call Public Works Dept at 505-599-1308 or visit http://www.fmtn.org/633/Projects-and-Construction

Jazz Jam 2018

Weekly Happenings:

  • Mondays: BRP Classes from 8am-10am. September 17th class is FREE!*
  • Mondays: Stakeholder Meetings at 10am.*
  • Wednesdays: Jazz Jam in pocket park behind Studio 116 from 6pm-8pm.  Listen to the sounds of the jazz emsemble and enjoy free hotdogs and water.  Sponsored by the San Juan Jazz Society.  So popular that we recommend that you bring your own chair!
  • Thursdays: Maker's Market in Orchard Park from 4:30pm to dusk.  Anything handmade, homemade, and homegrown!

Upcoming Events:

  • Gallery Walk: Friday, September 14th from 5-9pm
  • Downtown Historic Walking Tour: October 4th at 5pm.  Tour starts at the Palmer House on North Allen.
  • Autumn Downtown Stroll: October 12th from 5-9pm.  June's Art Walk was a huge success!  This is your opportunity to extend business hours or host an artist or two. Contact Michael for more info.
  • Boo-palooza: October 31 at 5pm.

Business Resiliency Program

The first training, Building the 2018 Fall Marketing Plan – Pt. 1, will help retailers prepare for a strong holiday sales season.  This is the first of ten trainings focused on small business marketing and financial preparedness.  Topics will include digital marketing, social media, email marketing, customer service, financial and cash flow management, advertising basics, and Point of Sale systems.  These trainings are open to any small business in the region.  Visit www.fdbrp.com for more information and http://fbdrone.eventbrite.com to register.  The first class on September 17th  at 8am-10am is FREE, however please register to reserve your spot.*

*All meetings are held at HQ at 119 W. Main unless otherwise stated.

James Joe Mural

Art in the Alley

Please visit the first two murals located behind Brown’s Shoe Fit inside the pocket park behind Studio 116.  One mural has been completed by James Joe and his crew and the other is in process by Jamie Fairchild.

Keep a lookout for the next mural installation behind The Totah Theater, the artist will be Tommy Singer.  

Volunteer Opportunities:

Opportunities to volunteer are available.  This is a way to help out along side your fellow downtown neighbor.

  • Next work day is at Downtown Junkers on September 15th & 29th from 10-4pm.  We will be clearing out the vacant space for the new pocket park.
  • Help out artists with upcoming mural installations.
Michael Bulloch

Contact Us:

Michael Bulloch
Downtown Coordinator & Executive Director for MainStreet Program and Arts & Cultural District

119 W. Main Street
505-599-8442 office
505-716-6057 cell

Sherry M. Roach
Project Coordinator
119 W. Main Street
505-599-8443 office
505-427-1512 cell

Sherry Roach
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