Main Street Winchester has a roster of short term and long term projects each year to promote downtown Winchester's authenticity, vibrancy and eclectic character.
Check back often for progress updates, new projects and more!
Downtown development master plan
In 2015, Main Street Winchester received a planning grant from the Clark County Community Foundation with the support of the Clark County Fiscal Court and the City of Winchester to create a plan for the future development and revitalization of beautiful, historic downtown Winchester. After a national search, and after carefully considering nearly 20 proposals, a group of community members chose CityVisions Associates, an award-winning planning firm based in Louisville, to guide us through the process of creating a downtown development plan. CityVisions logged hundreds of hours in our community talking with residents, business owners, property owners and community leaders to learn about what we want for our future. They also conducted in-depth research and analysis of economic data to determine where we are and what gains we can make.
To learn more about the Downtown Development Master Plan, check out this handy pocket guide!
***We are no longer requesting proposals for design/engineering of the "High Side Linear Park" and Streetscape. Click here to download the RFQ. ***
Image Improvements plan
The Winchester Image Improvements Plan sponsored by MSW (then known as Winchester First) was adopted in 2010. It is a series of projects intended to improve downtown aesthetics and create a sense of place, particularly on S. Maple Street - the front door to downtown. Since 2010, Main Street Winchester has completed several projects including landscaping at the Maple Street entrance to Heritage Park and most recently, a new color scheme for the Economic Development Office. Learn more.
Local legends banner series
MSW honored individuals in our community who have achieved state-wide and/or national success with custom banners on Main Street from 2014-2019. The late Graham Johns, who originated the series while serving as MSW’s board president, said, “As a community we do a great job of recognizing people who have accomplished remarkable achievements after they have passed away. With these banners, we want to recognize the great accomplishments of Clark Countians who are still living.” The banners show real-life, contemporary examples of successful people with outstanding achievements. They show that dreams come true through hard work, determination and perseverance, whether you have Hollywood ambitions or you’re a pony with speed – you can get there from here. We’re proud to honor these remarkable accomplishments and remind all of us of what is possible.
Individuals honored in the series include America's Junior Miss 2009 Michelle Rogers, NFL pro Yeremiah Bell, film maker Jason Epperson, Hollywood actor Matt Long, decorated Marine Corps veteran Matthew Bradford, American Pharoah, the first horse to win the "Grand Slam" of American horse racing, and musician Paul Martin.
All Hometown Hero banners designed and produced by Cartwright Designs in downtown Winchester, KY