Downtown is the historic heart of our community and an active and vital part of the local economy. It remains the center of government and culture and has become a diverse place where people live, work, shop, dine and play every single day.
The City of Morristown and its citizens have a vested interest in helping to grow and develop the area in a positive manner while also protecting its unique heritage. To drive this effort, a group of downtown business owners, community leaders, citizen activists and government officials have come together to form the Crossroads Downtown Partnership. The Partnership is administered by a 17-member Board of Directors and professionally managed through the Morristown Community Development Corporation. The Partnership is non-profit, volunteer driven, and has been certified as a Tennessee Main Street program through the state Department of Economic and Community Development. Main Street USA is a proven program developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is positively impacting thousands of communities across America.
Learn more about the 111 acre Crossroads District, its history and the many businesses that call it home by visiting the Partnership website: www.CrossroadsPartnership.com.
Façade Improvement Grant Program
The Façade Improvement Grant program seeks to encourage building owners and tenants to invest in Morristown’s central business district, referred to as the Crossroads Development District, by financially assisting with appropriate exterior renovations to their buildings. The intention is to stimulate building improvements while being mindful of the historical significance and uniqueness of the downtown structures. Replacing damaged, boarded or bricked-up windows, improving main and upper level storefronts, repainting or removing paint from buildings that have been previously painted are all considered to be important priorities.
This program is funded on an annual basis through revitalization funds received by the City of Morristown from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. For a full description of the program, application deadlines, and participant qualifications, please see the link below:
Bacon Davis Reporting Resources:
Wage Determinations Online.gov: http://www.wdol.gov/dba.aspx#3
Form WH-347 (Certified Payroll): http://www.dol.gov/whd/forms/wh347.pdf
Instructions for completing Form WH-347: http://www.dol.gov/whd/forms/wh347instr.htm
In 1992, the National League of Cities (NLC) developed a pilot program with HyettPalma, Inc. to offer on-site, technical assistance on urban revitalization to eleven cities in the United States. The Morristown City Council determined that a downtown enhancement strategy was needed to further revitalize the central business district and contracted with the NLC on the effort. The result was a 183 page document entitled Downtown Action Agenda 2000 (DAA 2000) released in June of that year.
DAA 2000 utilized local resident surveys, professional market analysis and other resources to formulate recommendations to both the public and private sectors on improvement strategies for the district. These 45 recommendations were categorized into a “Course of Action” designed to be an implementation tool the community could use to attain its vision for downtown as well as identify and capture economic opportunities.
This report revisits the DAA 2000 by looking at each recommendation, the outcome as of November 2011, and provides some future considerations for continuing the revitalization strategy.