Downtown Vision and Goals

In February of 2005 members of the community came together to continue the process of creating a vision for the revitalization of Downtown Banning. The community forum focused on 3 facets of Downtown revitalization - programming the area, improving buildings and architecture, and creating an enhanced pedestrian experience Downtown. While each of these are briefly summarized below, more detail on the Downtown Vision and Goals is also available.

Programming Downtown
The vision for programming Downtown centers on the creation of a district that features art and culture as its attraction. Special events such as an annual Art Walk and weekly faire would draw people to the area on a regular basis. Murals and other art in public places would enhance the image, as would expansion of the Banning Playhouse Bowl summer concert series at nearby Repplier Park.

Downtown Buildings and Architecture
Three historic architecture styles were selected for promotion in the Downtown area. These styles are California Mission, Rancho Adobe, and Craftsman.

Historic buildings like the Fox Theater and the Coplin Building are scheduled for restoration, and a facade improvement program is now in place to assist owners with the remodeling of their buildings into one of the 3 desired styles.

New development will encourage mixed use with first floor retail uses and residential units above, but building height will generally be limited to 3 stories.

Downtown Pedestrian Environment
The vision for the Downtown includes using alleys and open spaces to create intimate courtyards and landscaped pedestrian connections that encourage outdoor eating, art, and walking.

Street widths would be reduced and the pedestrian space would be enhanced with paving, plantings, lighting, art, street furnishings and transit stops.

A Downtown streetscape plan has been developed to help implement this piece of the Downtown vision.