Want to shape downtown? Attend vision meeting

Riponites Winnie Grant and Todd Behrens work on the 2007 vision planning for downtown Ripon, which is similar to one planned for next week. They were among many residents who participated in that session.

Unhappy with the last vision for downtown Ripon?

Ripon Main Street is offering residents and business owners alike a chance to help shape the next plan.

With the help of Wisconsin Main Street and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC), Ripon Main Street will hold a public visioning workshop Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gallagher’s Restaurant, 333 Watson St.

“It’s a chance for us to get together with business-owners and residents and talk about what we want the downtown to be like as we move forward,” said Craig Tebon, manager of Ripon Main Street Inc.

According to Main Street, the workshop will involve a series of interactive exercises in which community members will collaborate to create ideas and goals that will define the direction of the downtown revitalization process.

The vision-planning session comes as a local group, led by Riponite Tom Rogers, gets closer to possibly purchasing a series of downtown buildings.

Tebon, though, did not link the possible sale of the buildings to why the planning process is being held, though he alluded to it.

“It seems like there’s maybe a sense of optimism as we move forward,” he said. “We can’t wait forever to start planning for the future so there’s no better time than the present.”

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