This CIRD workshop focused on physical improvements and economic development strategies to implement a design strategy and vision to create a vibrant commercial core that will encouraging appropriate and beneficial new development while also preserving the Village’s character. Workshop sessions addressed issues of sustainability, walkability and connectivity.
The National Association of Realtors® awarded Lima with a $15,000 Smart Growth Grant to help fund the workshop and its outcomes. During the two and a half day workshop, participants had the opportunity to listen to and work with a number of dynamic speakers who addressed topics ranging from business model development and entrepreneurship to historic preservation and economic revitalization, and implementing a vision. The workshop convened over one hundred architects, planners, Village Mayors, and leaders of non-profits, educational, and religious institutions.
The Community Design Center Rochester, a partner with the Village of Lima during the workshop, received a grant from GRAR (Greater Rochester Association of Realtors) that is the catalyst for ongoing work with Lima to help them design a new village square and bandstand as identified in the Vision Plan that resulted from the CIRD Workshop