Paris Downtown Possibilities
Just in time for preservation month, the Paris Historic Preservation Commission and Main Street office will host an “Imagine the Possibilities Tour” in downtown to correspond with the recent, statewide launch of DowntownTX.org by the Texas Historical Commission—a software application designed to revolutionize how downtown programs connect potential investors to development opportunities in Texas’ historic downtowns. Paris’ event is one of a series of similar tours being held across the state during the month of May.
The tour will showcase available downtown properties as a way to engage potential investors, entrepreneurs, developers, residents and anyone else who has imagined themselves running a business, owning a building, or living downtown. Properties featured on the Downtown, TX site will be open and accessible to the public and tour attendees can obtain additional information on downtown development and business resources at a central gathering point. 

WHO 
Paris Historic Preservation Commission, Paris Main Street Program, Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Main Street and Town Square Initiative Programs

 WHAT
An open house showcase of vacant or underutilized properties in downtown Paris, highlighting investment opportunities for real estate developers, residents, business owners, entrepreneurs, and anyone who has ever “imagined” themselves downtown running a business or owning property.

WHEN
Saturday, May 20, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE
Peoples Bank Lobby, 35 S. Plaza, Downtown Paris TX

The first of its kind, DowntownTX.org is an online building inventory for Texas downtowns featuring historic property listings. The concept originated in 2015 by the Town Square Initiative, an affiliate of the Texas Main Street Program, which focuses on the challenge of vacant and underutilized historic properties. The website officially launches by the Texas Historical Commission on May 1 as part of Preservation Month with about 30 cities online.

Additional cities participating in the THC’s programs will be continually added through 2017. For more information on the website or to join DowntownTX.org, contact Emily Koller at emily.koller@thc.texas.gov.

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