DSA Works to Maintain 'Community Heartbeat'

The vision of the Downtown Sheridan Association is that downtown Sheridan serves as the heartbeat of the community, and the organization's goal, according to Beth Holsinger, is to preserve and enhance that vision.

As Sheridan Media earlier reported, Holsinger, who's the DSA's executive director, talked about the DSA and its work at the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce meeting earlier this week.

Holsinger said the DSA's work has been accomplished in part with a lot of help from volunteers.

She said the DSA seeks to make a difference in the lives of Sheridan residents by providing a chance to revitalize the commercial business district through economic development and historic preservation.

She said the organization published historic guidelines, available on the DSA web site and from the office, in 2013. Three years ago, a downtown development incentives program was put together, to help downtown property owners with renovation of their buildings.

She said the city for the past year and a half has also funded free building permits and free landfill fees. Holsinger said the DSA's design committee works with downtown building owners on historic design and layout, and many business owners have taken advantage of a design consultation grant available through the DSA office.

And, she said, the DSA also sponsors free consultation with an architect. Holsinger said several businesses and property owners have taken advantage of the design consultation grant since its creation. Holsinger said another DSA committee, the economic vitality committee, has put together a small business loan program that offers low-interest loans for downtown small business property improvements.

Holsinger said the aim of the DSA is to help downtown businesses and property owners keep up with the times and continue to bring people downtown.

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