BRIGHTON — The Brighton Urban Renewal Authority will be honored for its creativity in developing Main Street Creatives.
City Manager Manuel Esquibel told BURA’s board members during its Aug. 21 meeting that Main Street Creatives has been selected to receive the Downtown Colorado Inc. and Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence in the category of Best Creative Industry.
Esquibel said Main Street Creatives has turned out to be “extremely successful” and that it’s a great addition to the downtown.
Chairman Rich Gonzales thanked everyone involved for their collaboration. Treasurer Candace Werth was also happy to hear the news.
“I think this is a great award,” she said.
In the letter notifying BURA of the award, judges said the reuse of the former police department helped further the creative industries in the downtown. They recognized the efforts of BURA, as well as local artist Judith Dickenson, for a redevelopment strategy and said it was “a natural fit” in the downtown since the building is near several arts and culture related facilities.
Esquibel described Main Street Creatives as “a sleeping giant” that deserves the credit it’s been given. He said it’s a public-private venture that’s self-sustaining and doing even more for the city than officials originally hoped.
“When we first thought of it, it was a great opportunity to explore and I think once we did, it just blossomed,” Esquibel said. “So the artists have to be given a tremendous amount of credit for their efforts of what they’re doing there.”
Esquibel, along with Gonzales and Mayor Dick McLean will be presented with the award during Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence gala Sept. 12 in Grand Junction. This is the fourth time BURA has received a Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence.