The town of West Monroe was recently recognized by the Louisiana Municipal
Association as the recipient of the annual Community Achievement Awards for the city’s efforts to revitalize downtown West Monroe.
West Monroe received the award at the LMA’s annual convention recently held in Baton Rouge. The Community Excellence Awards recognize the accomplishments of municipalities over the past year in four main categories: community development, economic development, basic services and technology and connectivity.
The town of West Monroe received the LMA Community Achievement Award in the Community Development category for towns with populations between 10,000 and 25,000. The Community Development Award recognizes outstanding achievements during the 2020 calendar year in public transportation, citizen participation, public buildings, main street improvements, development plans, beautification and more.
The City of West Monroe has been recognized for its efforts to revitalize downtown West Monroe, including obtaining Louisiana Main Street status in 2020 and completing the Downtown West Monroe Cityscape Master Plan .
The Town of West Monroe has passed a Vacant Property Ordinance for properties in downtown West Monroe that are not in use. West Monroe became the first municipality in Louisiana to adopt such an ordinance. Since the implementation of the ordinance, 19 vacant dwellings have changed owners, are under construction or have been put back on sale with tenants.
Since the revitalization efforts began, several new businesses have moved downtown. The neighborhood now has more than 70 businesses, including boutiques, specialty stores, spas and salons, as well as restaurants and beverages.
The completion of the West Monroe Town Center Master Plan has led the Town of West Monroe to partner with the West Monroe Town Center Revitalization Group to develop a fundraising campaign to engage the public in the development of resources to implement many of the projects identified in the master plan. .
West Monroe Mayor Staci Mitchell said the progress so far in downtown West Monroe is the culmination of years of hard work not only by the town of West Monroe but also by individuals and non-profit organizations such as the Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group.
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There are plans for continued growth and progress to be made in downtown West Monroe, including large-scale streetscape infrastructure improvement projects, such as underground utilities, new sidewalks and passageways. for pedestrians and cycle paths. Plans are also being developed for public access to the Ouachita River for recreational purposes such as kayaking and canoeing.
For more information on Downtown West Monroe, contact Main Street Director Adrienne LaFrance-Wells at (318) 396-2600 or [email protected] Updates on the city center can be found at facebook.com/downtownwmrg.