Updated: Feb 21, 2020
On Friday, January 31, 2020, Confluence Companies broke ground on the Encore Project in Downtown Castle Rock, Colorado at 20 Wilcox Street.
The Encore Project is a welcomed addition to Downtown for a myriad of reasons. But if you ask "Why? Why would a project like the Encore be celebrated?"
It is because vibrant downtowns all over the world have common ingredients. Here are just a few common ingredients of exciting and vibrant downtowns:
Downtowns that have people in them during the day, evening and weekend, are the ones that thrive!
The “daytime population” is perhaps the most important and hardest to come by. Downtowns that have people in them during the day (typically workers) not just in the evening and on the weekend, are the healthiest and strongest.
You have to have a place for visitors, residents and employees to park in your downtown.
Vibrant communities often approach parking management with a multi-pronged approach. To maximize parking options and efficiency, this means efforts to re-sign, re-design, re-stripe and where possible build additional parking spaces.
PUBLIC GATHERING PLACES
Find a great historic downtown or newly created “faux” downtown, and there will be an interesting and attractive public gathering space within it.
Many of the guiding documents for Downtown Castle Rock, describe a need for public gathering spaces. The recent investment in Festival Park from the Town and Downtown Alliance provides a great option for the community to gather in Downtown. A civic plaza at Encore will add another great gathering space.