Red Creek Vision Plan Red Creek, New York
Professor Cheryl Doble and Maren King, 2004-2005
In recent years some significant changes have been occurring in and around the Village of Red Creek. A declining local economy and subsequent vacancies throughout the village have resulted in deteriorated building conditions and empty sidewalks in the village center. To reverse these trends, village residents and other community members decided to take action to bring about positive change.
In 2004 the Village of Red Creek, with funding obtained by the Red Creek Revitalization Committee and Wayne County, contacted the CCDR for assistance in developing a vision plan to define and guide the village's future. In a series of four workshops held between the fall of 2004 and spring 2005, residents, business owners, and village leaders shared information about the village's assets and opportunities and discussed underutilized resources and desired changes. They reviewed draft vision statement and goals and evaluated preliminary design studies. In a process of confirmation and clarification of ideas developed in previous meetings, participants considered recommendations for guiding and directing future changes in the village. Building on all of this work, the final workshop focused more specifically on identifying action steps that the community can take to achieve the vision.
Six goals contribute to the overall vision and are supported by proposed actions involving community organization, continued citizen participation, and projects:
- Develop and sustain productive and cooperative partnerships between local government, institutions and community organizations based on the common ground established in the vision planning process,
- Reestablish Main Street as the heart of the Red Creek community with strategies that respect the historic structure(s), address vacancy and acknowledge the realities and opportunities of contemporary society,
- Improve connections and relationship between the village center/Main Street and the school district/community center,
- Encourage members of the community (government, property owners, residents) to care about the appearance and maintenance of their properties in ways that contribute to the collective image, respect historic value, and represent sound investment,
- Attract and embrace new residents and businesses that will appreciate and contribute to the characteristics of the village,
- Create opportunities for interesting and diverse activities and recreation for community members of all ages.