Town of Windsor Given Governor’s Award for Dynamic Downtown District
Windsor’s downtown recently earned the Dynamic District Award during the Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence Gala in Aspen. The accolade recognizes downtown districts that have shown an exemplary commitment to fostering a vibrant downtown resulting in a positive impact on the community economically, socially and culturally.
The award application cited the Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) creative use of partnerships to strengthen downtown vibrancy in the face of hardship caused by the 2008 tornado and the more recent fire at the historic Windsor Mill. Application narrative credited the Town of Windsor and Mayor Kristie Melendez and its work with the Downtown Development Authority Board and Chairman Dan Stauss, and Blue Ocean Development with working together to overcome adversity.
The application specifically cited two projects: the historic Windsor Mill renovation and the Boardwalk Backlot Development as key projects that will impact the opportunities provided by Windsor’s downtown. Both projects were envisioned years ago but started becoming a reality in 2016 and 2017. The Mill is anticipated to welcome several restaurants this summer and the Backlot Development is progressing in cooperation with local developer Brinkman Colorado.
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