BATAVIA – Batavia MainStreet received three achievement awards at last week's annual Illinois Main Street state conference, including one for the North River Street streetscape project.
"Every time I am able to attend a Main Street conference either at the state or national level, I walk away feeling confident that downtown Batavia is headed in the right direction and I think we have Batavia MainStreet to thank for a big part of that," said Batavia 4th Ward Alderman Jamie Saam in a news release. She also is a member of the Batavia MainStreet board.
During the conference, Batavia MainStreet was presented with three awards for Main Street achievements. Batavia MainStreet and the City of Batavia were awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Downtown Revitalization in the categories of design, organization and economic restructuring.
The award for design was for the River Street streetscape project. The awarding committee noted the investment of the City of Batavia to develop the street, invite the private sector to continue to develop, and give the existing buildings a new “welcome mat.” Overall, the street concept, called a “Woonerf” (a shared space) has created an outdoor space for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians to share.
The award for organization was for Batavia MainStreet’s “Celebrate Success” event for bringing together volunteers, partners, business and property owners to celebrate and acknowledge their hard work and dedication to the community.
The third award for economic restructuring was for the new Artisan Collective pop-up flash market. This market is designed to provide a retail presence downtown, as well as a much-needed venue for local artists, designers and artisans to show and sell their wares.
“We are so proud to be working with such an amazing community, with dedicated volunteers, that have a vision for their downtown," Batavia MainStreet Executive Director Joi Cuartero said.