Downtown Lorain Beautification Project

Kurt Hernon/ August 7, 2020/ New Businesses/ 0 comments

On May 30, 2020, a welcoming Downtown Lorain bloomed into existence with the arrival of flowering pots on the streets. The transformation is the work of a collaborative effort between Main Street Lorain (MSL) Design Committee, the Lorain Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and City of Lorain. The committee’s work strives to create a welcoming environment that encourages visitors to stroll, eat, drink and shop in historic Downtown Lorain. It is meant to send an uplifting message of hope and thanks to new and established downtown businesses during an unprecedented and very difficult time in history. The beautification project has two-phases. Phases I consists of the purchase of 6 large self-watering industrial strength pots to add to 6 existing pots in the downtown. Flowers and plants have been purchased to fill these pots. The pots will be strategically located on Broadway and coordinate with plants selected for the new Broadway streetscape. Project funds were raised solely from personal contact to friends, family and associates of the 6-member committee. Phase II consists of a program for businesses and organizations within the Main Street district to purchase flowering 12-inch pots at cost. Sixty (60) pots for use at business storefronts and entrances have been purchased. All flowering plants will be delivered to individual businesses under the guidance of MSL Vice-President, Chris Cocco. Lorain Florist, Mary Beth Zelek will spearhead the planting of flowers on Broadway. All activities took place   on Saturday, May 30, 2020 In Downtown Lorain, Broadway Ave. Main Street Lorain is proud and thankful for the partnership and collaborative work of this Downtown Beautification Group. This project supports the continuing revitalization efforts and aligns with our Community Transformation Strategy for making Downtown Lorain an inviting place to live, work, and visit. This project further supports the mission of the NCNW through public outreach to advance the quality of life for African American women, their families and communities. The public is welcome to donate to support beautification efforts in the Downtown. Please send checks or money orders to: Lorain Section, NCNW, PO Box 98, Lorain, OH 44052

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