MOUNT VERNON — The Heritage Centre Association is undertaking a new project that will make it easier for downtown shoppers to find their way around.
The project will install several kiosks in the downtown area that will include a map and directory of businesses, and display fliers and event announcements on the other.
Carrie Crouch, downtown manager for the HCA, stated prior to the kiosk project, she “felt there was nothing to tell people about different places to go or shop downtown. ... People do not always realize what we have downtown and discover all of the great places we have here.”
Crouch explained that “the map will be relatively permanent, each building is assigned a number, and the directory will be updated every six months.
“We would like to update right before the First Friday season and before the Christmas Walk,” Crouch said. “There have been changes [to the directory] even since May when we started; it is hard to keep up with it.”
The project, funded by local businesses and the Walter Rudin Fund, involves primary and secondary locations. The primary kiosk cites include the corner of South Main and West Vine Street, which is already in place, in front of City Hall and near the public parking available on Ohio Avenue.
Crouch noted, “The goal was to have information in the kiosks by July’s First Friday, or August, as it is very time consuming. [The map] is designed but the board is double-checking for accuracy and we are not sure who will be printing it. ... The timeline depends on the process and funding.”
The kiosks are being manufactured by local business, Custom Cutters, who generously donated the first at South Main and West Vine streets. The design of the kiosk was a combination effort of Custom Cutters and the HCA board.
“Future kiosks may have graphic changes. The first one is a prototype,” Crouch said. She also expressed gratitude to Ellis Brothers for donating the concrete and to First-Knox National Bank for providing the location and future landscaping for the initial kiosk.
“It is something our town could really use,” she said. “I am excited to see the finished product.”