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Sullivan Renaissance Seminar Focuses on Downtown Appearance

October 20, 2008

[FERNDALE] – Sullivan Renaissance will hold a seminar entitled “Beautifying Main Street” on Wednesday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the CVIBuilding in Ferndale.  It features a panel discussion focusing on techniques to improve the appearance of downtown business districts.


Sullivan Renaissance Community Planner Helen Budrock will begin by describing the NationalMainStreetCenter’s four-point approach to downtown revitalization.  “The appearance of your Main Street is one key ingredient to a successful downtown revitalization strategy,” Budrock said, “But you need a well-rounded approach that includes other elements like organization, marketing, and a good business mix.”  


The second speaker is R.J. Smith, a real estate professional in neighboring OrangeCounty, who will present a case study of a “Renaissance Plan” he and others developed to successfully revitalize Pine Bush nearly 20 years ago.  That strategy focused on refurbishing building facades in the hamlet.


The seminar concludes with a presentation by Birgitta Brophy, a registered landscape architect who teaches landscape design at SUNY Delhi.  A Sullivan Renaissance judge this year, she will speak about how to create an attractive downtown streetscape using both hardscape and landscape elements. 



Everyone is welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be available.  Please RSVP by October 31. 


Individuals interested in Main Streets may also want to attend the 12th Annual Main Street Forum entitled “Creating Sustainable Downtowns” at the LibertyMuseum and ArtsCenter on Monday, November 3.  For information about how Sullivan Renaissance community volunteers can have the registration fee waived, contact Helen Budrock at 845-295-2462.


For more information, visit or call 845-295-2445.


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther.