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About the DHDC
Hello and welcome to the Chestnut Street District. Whether you are a first time visitor or an old friend, I hope you will enjoy seeing and learning more about what’s going on in the Chestnut Street District and historic Downtown Hays.
The Downtown Hays Development Corporation is working continuously with coordinator Traci Konrade, Fort Hays State University interns and dedicated working committees consisting of community volunteers and local businessmen and women, as well as Liberty Group, the primary developer for the revitalization effort. The effort has been at times tedious but very exciting and rewarding. As you will see, the newly restored buildings and new and relocated businesses have been a welcome addition to the district and community.
We remain true to our mission: To enhance and secure the quality of life in Hays. We would like to thank the hundreds of contributors who have donated their time and resources to the Chestnut Street District project. The revitalization of historic Downtown Hays would not be possible without them. If you would like to contribute to the DHDC please contact us about our Partnership Program.
We hope you look forward to the ongoing progress with as much excitement as the DHDC holds. We also hope you take the time to enjoy this updated visit to the Chestnut Street District. We love new faces and fresh ideas so please feel free to contact any DHDC Board Member or Traci and let us know how you would like to help.
Downtown Hays Vision
The DHDC envisions a future downtown area that is both physically and economically revitalized. There will be both increased occupancy rates and beautiful buildings. There will be a thriving economic mix of community, residential, and business property owners. A revitalized downtown will be a destination for local community members, for FHSU students, for visiting business travelers, for convention groups, for state championships, for tourists. An exciting combination of interesting retail shops, good restaurants, recreation/education facilities and meeting places will draw individuals and families downtown, as a place to spend both money and time in a friendly and cheerful environment. Downtown Hays will be easy to locate for out-of-town visitors and there will be convenient and accessible parking available. Downtown buildings will have the decades of remodeling stripped away to reveal their original authentic beauty. A revitalized Downtown Hays will be pedestrian friendly, with renovated sidewalks and design elements that visually unify the entire area and with increased connection with the FHSU campus.
DHDC Vision Statement
The Downtown Hays Development Corporation (DHDC) will be the binding force and catalyst for organizations impacting Downtown Hays. Our financially solvent organization will strive to fairly represent Downtown Hays' stakeholders through open communication and thoughtful strategic planning. When appropriate, our organization will ensure the success of Downtown Hays and the Chestnut Street District is recognized, communicated and celebrated.
DHDC Board of Directors
Chris Wente President Sandy Jacobs Vice-President
Stacey Smith Secretary Henry Schwaller, IV Treasurer Michele Flax Past-President Michael Billinger