We’re going to party like it’s 1999 today! It’s the next year up on our 20 Years of Intown Series! Like 1998, we’re going to highlight a few great things that improved the quality of our Downtown!
It was in 1999 that Intown installed the Downtown Planter Beautification Program! With what began with just 10 planters lining Elm Street, there are now 25 throughout North, South, and Central Elm Street as well as Central and Hanover Streets! Our maintenance team and Plant Lady Jan pick perfect flowers each Spring to fill the pots with a gorgeous selection that lasts throughout the summer months adding not only color to Downtown, but beauty!
1999 also marked the year the Historic Chase Building Block restoration process began! The work was funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration, a $1 million Community Development Block Grant and a $200,000 development loan from the Manchester Development Corporation. A branch of Anagnost Companies: Metropolis Property Management Group completed the rehab work and now owns and maintains this beautiful historic building! Anagnost Companies has continued to be a leader in the redevelopment of Downtown over the past 20 years!
In 1998’s post we mentioned the Light Up the Night Photography contest. In 1999, Intown Manchester was the recipient of an award of merit given by the International Downtown Association for the contest!