Centrally located downtown between Washington Street and Court Street this sub-district is characterized by a strip of stores fronting on Main Street. The ground floor uses have a mix of retail uses with some restaurants and banks. The top floor uses are mainly offices.
The Clock Tower Mall, Amato's, Bob's Weathervane, Bob's Discount Furniture, and Itkins and the major retail anchors. The continuous north and south facade of attractive, and historic storefronts define both sides of the street and give shape to the character of this classic downtown area. Continuous on-street angle parking and the colorful storefronts encourage window shoppers along this stretch.
There were vacancies noted. Most notable vacancies were in the Clock Tower Mall and the former Woolworth and Kabachnick buildings. The sub-district is clearly most active during midday hours, however, activity remains fairly brisk in the late afternoons and on Saturday and Sundays.
This area should remain the retail core of the downtown. The stores are, for the most part, small enough to attract the type of owner occupied specialty retail and small service uses this plan envisions as the downtown's primary retail component. Continuous retail and restaurant frontage must be required.
View the Downtown Retail Core Map (JPG).