Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 126 7 The Brighton Downtown Initiative started in 2006 when downtown vacancies were very high. BURA brought together business leaders and other city organizations to transform this area. But it was a place with a history, with one of Colorado’s oldest historic main streets. Slowly, through a comprehensive approach to business support, economic development, marketing and special events, Downtown Brighton came back with a driving force. The annual Harvest Fest event draws more than 7,000 people. Something Brewery is one of many new businesses in Downtown Brighton. New flower baskets, light pole banners and holiday lights energize Downtown year-round. In 2011, BURA reopened the former police station as Main Street Creatives, a bustling center of artistic activity on South Main Street. Professional artists and community members work side-by- side in this quirky and authentic place. The 7,000 square-foot building features a fine art gallery, artist studios, an art academy and a café. Seventeen artists work on site with a waiting list for studio space. “Creative U” students are invited to sip wine or nosh on food from downtown restaurants while taking classes in painting, ceramics, jewelry making and more. DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP MAIN STREET CREATIVES Today there are year-round community events, streetscape improvements, new businesses and cultural activities. The historic downtown area is a thriving arts and entertainment district. In 2015, there were more than 300 downtown businesses and the vacancy rate was 5 to 8 percent. This momentum is due to the tireless leadership of the Downtown Partnership Committee, a membership organization that meets monthly to advocate and recommend projects. For more information about the Downtown Initiative, contact Gary Montoya at 303.655.2217or gmontoya@brightonco.gov.