FREMONT – MainStreet of Fremont’s focus project for the year is a Temporary Greenspace Project.
This pilot project is the first of its kind in Fremont, and is one of the plans to help redevelop and revitalize Historic Downtown Fremont. The parking lot located at 544 N. Park Avenue will be closed from September 1st to September 21st for the temporary project. Executive Director with MainStreet Fremont, Shannon Mullen, says the project could have many benefits for the community.
“Something that we’ve researched a lot about, and managed greenspace typically reduces crime, increases the property values in the area, improves health,” said Mullen. “It is also proven that it is cost effective to maintain a greenspace over a vacant building.”
This greenspace project is temporary and will only be up for three weeks. Mullen says the project needed a test before becoming a permanent thing.
“It’s actually a project that Glen Ellis and his wife Nancy had been interested in transforming that area into a permanent greenspace project,” said Mullen. “But we knew that in order to get people on board with maybe closing a parking lot or a street, or sometime of a permanent project such as this, we would need to test before we invested in it.”
The organization has received grant money for the project from Fremont Area Community Foundation, Edward Jones, and the Fremont & Dodge County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
There is also additional fundraising going on now. For more information about the project or their fundraisers, you may visit www.mainstreetfremont.org.