It looks like our historical downtown buildings are going to disappear one by one if Carrington residents don't take an interest and do something about it. Besides the fact that these buildings add character to our downtown, just think about what downtown Carrington will look like with big gaping holes between the buildings that remain!
It's sad to think that two great old buildings are going to be destroyed, simply because of lack of interest and/or ideas of how to make them beneficial to our community. Why can't the JDA use their budgeted $50,000 to support some constructive ideas toward saving these buildings?
Creative thinkers, please help!!! What can be done to save downtown Carrington?
How about an artists' co-op? There are certainly a lot of great artists and craftspeople in this area. The Carrington Armory was absolutely filled with attractive arts and crafts at the local Crafts Fair last November. A building downtown with a storefront like the old Floral building would be a great place to display and sell local artwork. Also, it would draw not only local residents, but tourists to the downtown area, as well as provide income for local artisans.
The Historical Society has done a wonderful job or restoring and keeping up the Putnam House, and our community has been very supportive of their special events and activities. Could the Historical Society turn one of these old buildings into a downtown museum - an extension of the Foster County Museum which is already in existence? The current museum is chock-full of more than enough fascinating artifacts to fill up another building. Also, a downtown museum would be another tourist attraction to the Main Street area.
I'm sure there are lots of great ideas out there! Please use the comment section below to share them.