Downtown stakeholders see Sandy as a future destination

Sandy Main Street, an organization that promotes growth within Sandy’s downtown, held a visioning meeting Monday, June 23, to get public opinion on the future of downtown.

More than 30 property and business owners, city councilors and members of the public came together to create a plan. Even a few kids showed up.

Sandy Main Street Coordinator Aubrey Erwin spent much of the evening entertaining the youngest citizens. She said they talked about how the library is their favorite place downtown, but their parents won't let them ride their bikes there because of traffic.

The kids weren't the only ones sharing their thoughts.

“The conversation was lively, energy was high, and great ideas were shared,” Erwin said. “But many people were unable to attend.”

On Friday, July 25, Sandy Main Street released the working vision statement developed at the meeting to receive feedback from citizens who were unable to weigh in previously.

The vision statement starts: “In 10 years, downtown Sandy will be a destination to be reckoned with.”

The plan made by Sandy’s citizens hopes Sandy will be known for “its hometown feel, great shopping, art and variety of eating establishments,” something that will be accomplished through the growth of family-friendly businesses, expanded events in the park and downtown, maintenance of the downtown core area and attracting families through increased housing.

“As the vision is realized, Sandy will be a fully supporting community for people of all ages and diversity, with programs, services and amenities for a healthy life, city and planet,” the statement says.

The vision statement was presented to the Sandy City Council on Monday, Aug. 4. And Erwin discussed how it will affect Sandy Main Street's goals for the 2014-2015 year.

She said Sandy Main Street plans to focus on board recruitment and development, convening its business committee, and thinking up ways to market and brand the downtown.

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