Mosaic Life Care built and donated a new concessions building to the city of St. Joseph for use at the numerous events held at Coleman Hawkins Park at Felix Street Square. The St. Joseph Downtown Community Improvement District entered into a lease with the city to maintain the facility. This has been a wonderful contribution to the downtown community!
The holidays are a very festive time in downtown St. Joseph. The St. Joseph Downtown Community Improvement District is a supporter of the “Christmas at the Square” event. The event features free carriage rides, children’s crafts, homemade cookies and hot chocolate, Santa and festive holiday music. The district also pays to install and take down the holiday lights at the conclusion of the season.
The St. Joseph Downtown Community Improvement provided $14,000 to help fund the “Paint the Town!” downtown mural project. The concept for a large mural downtown was devised several years ago by the St. Joseph Downtown Partnership. In 2012, the Downtown Partnership partnered with the River City Development Committee to devise a theme and begin fundraising for the project. The theme of western migration was chosen. The St. Joseph Downtown Partnership engaged mural artist Sam Welty of Chesapeake, Virginia to paint the mural. Mr. Welty was chosen because of his expertise in painting large murals in numerous other cities. His drawings depicted the spirit and adventure of our community’s unique historic past.
Creating a pedestrian friendly environment is a component of creating a viable downtown. Several years ago large planters were placed around the downtown business district. The St. Joseph Downtown Community Improvement District pays about $2,400 to have these planters planted and maintained. They add color and appeal to the area.
Keeping a clean downtown is a priority; therefore the St. Joseph Downtown Community Improvement District pays about $3,000 per year to collect the trash from the downtown trash cans weekly.
The St. Joseph Community Improvement District initiated a grant program last year. The purpose of the program is to provide gap financing for property owners making substantial improvements to their properties. To apply for a grant go to the forms tab on this website.
Looking for a downtown business? The St. Joseph Downtown Community Improvement District printed maps to help residents and visitors locate downtown businesses. The “Downtown Companion” maps can be found at the Convention and Visitors Bureau and several downtown businesses.
For the third year, the St. Joseph Downtown Community Improvement District has been a proud sponsor of the Allied Arts Council’s Sculpture Walk. The Sculpture Walk is an exciting exhibit where artists place their sculptures for one year. The sculptures are on loan for one year, however the Arts Council purchases one piece of art at the conclusion of the year and donates it to the city of St. Joseph.
In it’s third year, the walk features seventeen pieces of art. Individuals are invited to take the walk and vote for their favorite. The winning sculpture will receive the People’s Choice award. Other awards include the Best of Show, first and second as selected by a jury. All sculptures are available for purchase.