THE DOWNTOWN RENAISSANCE DISTRICT WELCOMES YOU
The Downtown Renaissance District operates under the supervision and direction of the City of Hopkinsville and the Local Development Corporation. The Downtown Renaissance District serves as the City of Hopkinsville’s Main Street ® Program and is staffed by Community and Development Services. We are a 501 (c) (3) corporation undertaking community and economic development activities in the city’s Central Business District, or the Downtown Renaissance District, as it is more commonly known.
Our downtown revitalization strategy is modeled after the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street 4-Point Approach ® to include the following elements: Design, Promotion, Organization, and Economic Restructuring. We participate in the State of Kentucky’s Main Street Program under the purview of the Kentucky Heritage Council, the State Historic Preservation Office.
As noted in our mission statement, “The Downtown Renaissance Program will undertake community development activities in the Downtown Renaissance Area to provide an attractive, accessible, sustainable, walkable, business-friendly hub that honors our past and welcomes our future.” Covering a 52-block area running from 4th Street – 14th Street, and from Campbell Street to the intersection of West 9th & West 7th Streets, the Downtown Renaissance District provides residents and visitors alike with amenities not as prevalent in other parts of our community. We’re home to the Downtown Farmers Market, locally owned eclectic specialty shops, locally owned restaurants, the Christian County Historical Society, the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville and Christian County, the L&N Depot, the Alhambra Theatre, the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, the Historic Court House, the Christian County Justice Center, the Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority, the Carnegie Library, numerous historic churches, numerous banks, the Downtown Riverwalk, and an abundance of public parks. In addition, there are a multitude of historic buildings with breath-taking architectural details and features, many of which provide upper-story living quarters.
Since 2005, we’ve assisted with over 5 million dollars’ worth of public and private improvements. In the next 2 years, we will invest over 8 million dollars toward additional planned public improvements. A keystone project currently under construction is the Municipal Center, which will serve as an economic catalyst for future private investment.
We welcome you to Historic Downtown Hopkinsville and hope you enjoy everything that is available in the Downtown Renaissance District. If we may be of assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Holly Boggess, AICP
Downtown Renaissance Director