Downtown Initiatives

Since the Community Redevelopment Agency was formed in 1973, a primary objective has been the rejuvination of Downtown. Until recently the Agency has not had the financial resources to stimulate reinvestment in this area. However, with the merging of the Downtown and Midway Project Areas and the addition of new territory in 2002, the Agency now has resources to dedicate to the revitalization of Downtown.

The process of focusing on the Downtown began with a Community Design Workshop in which residents, staff, and community leaders met with the Inland California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects to discuss ideas and visions and prepare design concepts for the Ramsey Street corridor between 8th Street and Hargrave. The goals of this exercise were to: 1) Enhance the physical appeal and attractiveness of the Downtown; 2) Make Downtown Banning a destination point; 3) Promote a safe, family-friendly atmosphere and activities; and 4) Create an environment that will retain and attract business. This process is also referred to as the Ramsey Street Charette.

Additional community meetings in 2005 drew from the Charette to develop a concrete list of of Downtown visions and goals, which focus on art and culture as the foundation for future development Downtown.

The Banning Cultural Alliance and the Redevelopment Agency entered into a partnership in 2006 to help bring the visions and goals into reality.

Downtown Design Guidelines and a Downtown Streetscape Program were developed to guide future public and private infrastructure and real property improvements, and Downtown Parking is currently under review.

With a trade area of almost 100,000 residents and another 114,000+ vehicles traveling through Banning on Interstate 10 daily, Downtown Banning has the potential to become a destination for all of Southern California.

View Downtown Concept 2008