Artisan Caleb Kullman of Kullman Iron-works displayed his work at the Hwy 50 yard sale in 2012. Mirror file photo.

By Caitlin Switzer

MONTROSE—(March 2) The Montrose Downtown Development Authority continues to make progress toward its goal of establishing Downtown Montrose as a center for commerce, community and culture, said DDA Executive Director Scott Shine, who was hired to run the newly-created organization in July of 2011. Shine said that he is pleased with the continuing  excitement and enthusiasm in the Downtown district, and looks forward to a summer season packed with opportunity.

“I feel like we have been able to build momentum and support,” Shine said. “A strong Downtown is positive for our community. Main in Motion has been restructured, and is on track for another successful year, and our business loan program is up and running. We have already approved two loans, and there are three more in the works. We have set up a design committee as well, with people like (ironsmith) Caleb Kullman and (architect) John Eloe.”

The design committee is currently exploring the establishment of “parklets,” Shine said. “These are temporary, inexpensive floating decks—they can fit on the back of a flatbed truck, and be parked either in a parking space or on a corner.”

The parklets include tables, chairs and greenery, he noted, and can be moved every few months. Several businesses have already expressed interest in having a parklet parked outside of their location, he said.

“This will be a great summer project,” Shine said, “adding more visual interest and sidewalk seating.”

Shine said he hopes to debut the first parklets by the end of May.

Other new projects include upgraded trash and recycling receptacles, to be created by Wayne Brown of Prospect Steel. Brown and his team have created a number of the larger metal sculptures seen around town, including the Montrose Mouse on display at River Landing Shopping Center.

“With his background, I know he will come up with a unique design and do a great job,” Shine said.

To learn more about upcoming DDA projects and events, visit www.montrosedowntown.com, or call 970-901-9667.