“And I quote, ‘I had no idea the Square was here,’” said Reinders. “Somebody told us that who had a visitor come in.”
Engle and Reinders pointed out that there are currently no major indicators to point visitors to the Square at the two major entrances, the intersections of Highway 2 and Main Street and Highway 5 and State Street.
“That’s one of our goals right, to get people from Honey Creek coming here…so you’ve got to give them these clues as to what they should be doing when they get here,” said Reinders.
With the upcoming reconstruction of State Street planned, the duo suggested incorporating a boulevard feel to the street that would help direct more traffic to the Square.
Another weakness of the Square, and a major one in the assessment team’s opinion, was the one block radius around the Square.
“When we talk about the Square, we mean the whole downtown,” said Reinders. “The buildings that face the Square and the Square itself are pretty darn good. The issue is that next little ring around the heart of the Square. That’s sort of the rough edges you’ve got that we really need to work on.”
Bad sidewalks, low hanging limbs that impede walking and weeds growing up were a few of the issues the duo pointed out in the block surrounding the Square.
“I think we focus so much…on the Square itself that we forget about how it interconnects and relates to everything else,” said Reinders.
Concentrating on expanding and improving nightlife in the downtown should also be a focus going forward, according to Engle and Reinders.
“There’s not much going on down here at night and building that nighttime economy is really important for downtown areas,” said Engle. “Downtowns usually have two different environments. There’s a daytime environment and a nighttime environment. Centerville has that same thing but the nighttime environment isn’t working very well.”