Downtown Visioning Workshops to Kick-Off in March

     In addition to providing regular business assistance, Downtown Chambersburg, Inc. looks to drive a “big picture” planning effort for the downtown, with a goal of attracting long-term investment.
To get public input, DCI is coordinating a series of five Community Visioning Workshops, facilitated by the PA Downtown Center and Derck and Edson Associates, to develop a clear vision for the future of downtown Chambersburg. All stakeholders should plan to attend as many workshops as possible. Each workshop will focus on a different aspect of the visioning process. Visual renderings will be created throughout the process, as well as a vision statement, tagline, and implementation strategy.
DCI raised more than $24,000 in the latter part of 2013 to fund the visioning process, which will lay the groundwork for the next phase, which includes the Downtown Master Plan Update, a document that will drive the physical development of downtown over the next 15-20 years. DCI is working to raise $30,000 for this phase.

     The public workshop schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, March 17 at 6pm at the Capitol Theatre (The Woods Center)
  • Monday, April 21 at 6pm at Central Presbyterian Church on the Square
  • Monday, May 19 at 6pm at King Street Church
  • Monday, June 16 at 6:30pm at Chambersburg Area Senior High School (Auxiliary Gym)
  • Monday, July 21 at 6:30pm at Wilson College (Laird Hall)

     Contributors to date include Summit Health, Keystone Health, Wilson College, TB Woods, Vacon, Smith Elliott Kearns and Co, Volvo Construction Equipment, Trinity Episcopal Church, the Franklin County Redevelopment Authority, the Greater Chambersburg 21st Century Partnership, the Community Development Corporation of Franklin County and the Bill Nitterhouse Foundation. The Borough of Chambersburg has appropriated $8,000 in 2014 for the Downtown Master Plan Update.

      For more information, call Noel Purdy at 264-7101, ext. 207. Follow workshop information on facebook too.