STOCKBRIDGE – The Stockbridge Main Street Program held a meet and greet last week to introduce residents to what could be the future of Stockbridge’s downtown area.
In addition, a variety of local artists were featured at the event’s Pop-Up Street Gallery and live music from Henry for Music, a county-based youth ensemble, entertained those on hand.
Kira Harris-Braggs, director of the Stockbridge Main Street Program, said the annual event was an opportunity to provide the community with an idea of what the Main Street Program is.
“This year, we wanted to take the opportunity to focus on the arts,” Harris-Braggs said. “We wanted to let people know that we have some very talented people in the community.”
Harris-Braggs spoke of the possibility of an arts and culture district within the city that would be anchored by the proposed Stockbridge amphitheater, as well as the Merle Manders Conference Center.
In addition, during the meet and greet, residents got to see the plans for the future of the downtown area. The first phase of that plan will be implemented with an updated alleyway.
Recently, the Stockbridge City Council voted to allocate around $350,000 for the new alleyway, which Harris-Braggs said would have space conducive to “bringing in delivery trucks, parking and an area that can be used for outdoor events as well.”
Harris-Braggs said the city wants to make the area inviting to allow the city to use every space to the best of its ability.
The changes to downtown Stockbridge are part of a vision for the downtown area that was completed last year in partnership with the Georgia Cities Foundation, the Georgia Municipal Association and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.
Last year, a presentation concerning the results of the city’s participation of the Renaissance Strategic Visioning and Planning program was held that detailed what the city would like to see happen with downtown Stockbridge.