The Silver City MainStreet Project received a $62,000 grant from the Freeport McMoRan Foundation for implementing Phase I of the Main Street Plaza. The funding will be used to install public restrooms in the Main Street Plaza located in the area between 7th and 8th Streets used by the farmers market.
The Main Street Plaza project will transform the 7th Street parking lot into a multiple use area for events, farmers market, as well as continued parking. This project will benefit residents and tourists alike increasing the economic vitality of downtown by providing a much needed event venue and public restrooms. The Plaza is so named because it is on the last remnant of Silver City's Main St. before it became the Big Ditch.
"It was very nice to receive the grant at the Silver City Chamber of Commerce luncheon on May 3, 2018," states Silver City MainStreet board president, Patrick Hoskins. Working with the Town of Silver City to get this project off the ground has been rewarding and we are so grateful for the Town's support and the funding from the Freeport McMoRan Foundation. Kevin Cook, Strategic Community Development Manager has always been great to work with and we appreciate the work he did on the grants committee."
The Silver City MainStreet Project is one of the oldest and most successful MainStreet programs in the state. The MainStreet program is a national program fostering economic development in local communities and operates under the NM MainStreet program and the state Economic Development Department.
Silver City MainStreet has accomplished many projects since 1985 including the downtown street lights, downtown gateway arch, improvements to the Big Ditch Park, numerous beautification projects, and most recently, the restoration of the historic Silco Theater. In 2011, Silver City MainStreet won the Great American MainStreet Award given to only three programs each year.
The mission of Silver City MainStreet is "To encourage a vibrant, historic downtown Silver City which is recognized as the heart of our diverse community." Please visit our website, www.silvercitymainstreet.com to learn more.
From left: Sabrina Pack, Grants Committee member, Charmeine Wait, Executive Director, Silver City MainStreet, and Kevin Cook, Manager, Strategic Community Development for Freeport McMoRan. Photo courtesy of www.grantcountybeat.com.