Streator

Streator

Streator, IL

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For the past 6 years, START has been leading the revitalization of downtown Streator. Since the redevelopment plan was launched in 2014, we've worked the city, business owners, and philanthropic groups on multiple projects. The fa├žade grant program has made a huge improvement in the looks of the downtown. The concept block included new streetlights, planters, brick ribbon, and bump outs. This project will be expanded this year with the assistance of a state grant. Collaboration with other local groups has further helped to create a self-sustaining transformation. Streator High School weld shop students worked to create new bike racks. The Streator Garden Club and High School Horticulture students have worked together to grow flowers and plant them in the new planters. The Streator Walldogs project added 18 new murals to the downtown in 2018. Working with NCI Artworks, we added a three story mural to a corner pocket park that was hindered by a long time eye sore. Light Up Streator adds lights multiple holidays each year. Streator's success can be attributed to its strong sense of community and the giving volunteers. By working with our community partners, Streator has been able to strengthen our downtown area and add to our local economy. If we won this award, we would use the funds to add a digital kiosk to the downtown area. This would give visitors a guide to explore all that Streator has to offer.