Main Street Winchester has a roster of short term and long term projects each year to promote downtown Winchester’s authenticity, vibrancy and eclectic character.
The Downtown Winchester Development Master Plan recommended the creation of an investment fund in order to facilitate building maintenance, decrease vacancy rates, and increase private investment within the downtown district. The Beer Cheese Festival, City of Winchester, Clark County Community Foundation, Clark County Fiscal Court, Main Street Winchester, Winchester-Clark County Industrial Authority and an anonymous donor generously contributed to the Downtown Development Investment Fund (DDIF).
The DDIF provides funding for the matching grants listed below and is administered by the Blue Grass Community Foundation.
Image Improvement Plan
The Image Improvement Plan was commissioned in 2010. Several projects have been crossed off the list – including updating the façade of the Economic Development Office and landscaping improvements to Heritage Park. In 2021, Main Street Winchester board member Chad Walker decided to revisit the plan. The MSW Board is moving forward with “Rent-a-Center Property” at 103 N. Maple using a combination of public and private funds. The plan is a community resource that any person or organization can help implement. If you or your organization are interested in seeing more greenspace in downtown Winchester, please reach out to Main Street Winchester.