Granby: exploring design guidelines, chamber on solid financial ground
May 3, 2012
GRANBY – Two recent brightly painted buildings across from each other on Agate Avenue have prompted the town board to discuss exploring the implementation of design guidelines in the downtown.
Trustee Deb Shaw, who is the chair of the administrative committee on the town board, brought up the topic of design guidelines at the April 24 town board meeting. Shaw referred to a Granby Building Facade Enhancement Study conducted in 2006 as a jumping-off point for discussions: “Colors should not call attention,” the study reads. “Avoid neon colors. Earth-tone colors are encouraged as opposed to bright colors.”
The town, however, presently has no ordinances or official guidelines directing Grand Avenue business owners about design elements that are in keeping with an overall Granby character. Only when a business owner applies for assistance on building facade improvements through a town grant program are elements such as paint colors reviewed.
“Not everything needs to look the same,” Shaw said, “but we should have some guidelines.”
Mayor Jynnifer Pierro said she has received “several calls on building colors” lately.
The town directed new Granby Chamber Executive Director and Main Street Director Laurie Findley to engage the town’s existing design committee in collecting what design guidelines other towns such as Winter Park and Grand Lake have implemented.
Findley also updated the town board about the chamber’s financial footing. The chamber has paid off many outstanding bills, thanks to a successful Three Lakes Fishing Contest this winter, but still owes $15,800 to the IRS from as far back as 2008, she said.
The chamber has been making payments on that debt, which is the single remaining debt the chamber has.
Findley said 17 new members have joined the chamber and four members have returned of late. The new executive director is also working on ways to thank shoppers for supporting local merchants, for visitors to identify ambassadors in the town during events, and with the town’s blessing is welcoming more vendors to Polhamus Park for more food selections offered after the annual Fourth of July fireworks. Traditionally, the Rotary has been the sole food vendor during the July 4th celebration.