Niles DDA asks residents for their input on future downtown outdoor space – Leader Publications

NILES — The Niles Downtown Development Authority/Main Street is asking for input from the community as it explores options to improve the city’s downtown experience.

With support from Michigan Main Street, the Niles DDA/Main Street is circulating a survey designed to obtain resident feedback on the city’s Niles Outdoor Hub downtown plan. The survey – which ends Monday, April 19 – can be found both on the “Mayor Nick Shelton” and “The Node – Niles Outdoor Downtown Experience second and main” Facebook page.

The survey takes approximately seven minutes to complete. According to the survey, all information will be collected anonymously.

The plan has been in the works since Niles City Council voted to close the controversial Niles Outdoor Downtown Experience in January. As part of the motion, the council accepted an offer from Michigan Main Street to provide technical assistance to conduct community surveys, identify viable locations for downtown public spaces, and engage professional design services at no cost, with the aim of allowing the city to recreate a public space in the city center.

“The NODE served as a pilot, of sorts, that inspires ideas for a more permanent and improved version of an outdoor space for gathering, dining and entertaining, and for enjoying downtown Niles in new ways, fun and creative,” the survey said. “Your input will help inform the location and design concepts of a place that could serve as a focal point or hub for a downtown outdoor experience that ultimately helps make the center -town of Niles an even better place to visit, live, work, play, do business and invest.