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Imagine the Possibilities Downtown Tour
May 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Just in time for preservation month, the Texarkana Main Street Program will host an “Imagine the Possibilities Tour” in downtown to correspond with the recent, statewide launch of DowntownTX.org by the Texas Historical Commission—a software application designed to revolutionize how downtown programs connect potential investors to development opportunities in Texas’ historic downtowns. Texarkana’s event is one of a series of similar tours being held across the state during the month of May.
The tour will showcase available downtown properties in both Texarkana, TX and Texarkana, AR as a way to engage potential investors, entrepreneurs, developers, residents and anyone else who has imagined themselves running a business, owning a building, or living downtown. Properties featured on the Downtown, TX site will be open and accessible to the public and tour attendees can obtain additional information on downtown development and business resources at a central gathering point.
WHO: Texarkana Main Street Program, Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Main Street and Town Square Initiative Programs
WHAT: An open house showcase of vacant or underutilized properties in downtown Texarkana, highlighting investment opportunities for real estate developers, residents, business owners, entrepreneurs, and anyone who has ever “imagined” themselves downtown running a business or owning property.
WHEN: May 13, 2017
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: Start the tour at the Museum of Regional History—219 N. State Line Ave.
Properties open include: 315 Pine Street (former Texarkana Gazette); 409 Texas Blvd(former Railroad Hotel); 221 Texas Blvd.; 216 Olive St.(The Omega); 1894 City Market(Ritchie Grocery) at corner of Front and Olive Streets; 108 W. Broad; 114 E. Broad, 119 E. Broad, 210 E. Broad.
Participants are encouraged to visit all downtown attractions during regular hours on Saturday. Two Historic Churches will also be open: St. James Episcopal Church at 413 Olive St, and St. Mary’s Church.
BACKGROUND: The first of its kind, DowntownTX.org is an online building inventory for Texas downtowns featuring historic property listings. The concept originated in 2015 by the Town Square Initiative, an affiliate of the Texas Main Street Program, which focuses on the challenge of vacant and underutilized historic properties. The website officially launches by the Texas Historical Commission on May 1 as part of Preservation Month with about 30 cities online. Additional cities participating in the THC’s programs will be continually added through 2017. For more information on the website or to join DowntownTX.org, contact Emily Koller at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.thc.texas.gov