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Old Englewood Village Association want to help businesses, artists

Published in the Englewood Sun
By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH STAFF WRITER​,  Updated 

ENGLEWOOD — An outdoor meeting at the Open Air Studio kicked off what members hope is a new era for the Old Englewood Village Association.

At 37 years old, the association is one of the oldest organizations in Englewood. Originally started as the Englewood Merchants Association, the nonprofit still functions to gather business people and others with investments in the heart of the community.

In recent years, the association’s been known for hosting the yearly Halloween Safe Walk and other holiday events.

But without an ability to get permits for those events in 2020, its members had to rethink their approach. They sponsored house-decorating contests at Halloween and Christmas, while encouraging people to come to the business district to check out the shops and maybe get a bite to eat while voting on the decorations.

OEVA bought the gift certificate prizes from local business owners.

In 2021, the association’s board wants to continue out-of-the box thinking while promoting local businesses and artists.

Arts overlay delay

At their annual board meeting this week, members talked about the Englewood Community Redevelopment Agency — which hasn’t met in nearly a year — and its plans for an Arts Overlay District.

Sarasota County set up the district in 1999. Encompassing several blocks around Dearborn Street and McCall Road, it’s designed to re-inject tax dollars into projects that improve the area and gradually increase property values.

Englewood Holiday Decorating Contest Winners

Englewood Holiday Decorating Contest

And the winners of the Englewood Holiday Decorating Contest are...

(We will be contacting the winners with awards)

Halloween Safe Walk is out,

but house-decorating contest means happy haunting for Englewood

By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH ENGLEWOOD COMMUNITY EDITOR

Published in the Englewood Sun

September 16, 2020

The Safe Walk on Dearborn is canceled this year so there will be no flash mob, but instead Englewood residents and businesses on Dearborn Street are encouraged to compete in a decoration contest. Residents can judge their top three favorite homes and businesses.

The Safe Walk on Dearborn is canceled this year so there will be no flash mob, but instead Englewood residents and businesses on Dearborn Street are encouraged to compete in a decoration contest. Residents can judge their top three favorite homes and businesses.  sun photo by ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

sun photo by ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

ENGLEWOOD — There will be no flash mob dancing or in-person candy giveaways at the annual Dearborn Street Safe Walk on Halloween.

No worries, say some business owners on Dearborn Street.

Englewood's Dearborn projects still moving forward

Englewood, Florida

By STEVE REILLY Staff Writer

Published in the Englewood Sun

Aug 22, 2020 Updated Aug 22, 2020

Dearborn Street, Englewood, Florida revitalization project

ENGLEWOOD — Englewood projects are moving forward, even though the Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board has been on a health hiatus due to COVID-19 for months.

Sarasota County commissioners suspended advisory board meetings until further notice due to the health crisis, but a $7 million redesign project for West Dearborn Street is still in the works.

“Things are still moving forward,” said Debbie Marks, the county’s Community Redevelopment manager. Behind the scenes, she said, county staff has been working to bring projects to fruition.

Consulting Kimley-Horn engineers completed a new design for West Dearborn renovation that includes decorative crosswalk pavers, streetlights, landscaping, pedestrian and other streetscaping amenities.

Old Englewood Village Association

Olde Englewood Ideas

Published in The Englewood Review

by Todd Tracy

Over the Independence Day weekend, part of the news cycle included speeches from various public officials that touched on America’s founding ideas and their authors. Those ideas live on to this day. Why? Because it was the value of those ideas, and the willingness of the people to embrace and implement them, that secured their place in our nation’s history. 

The Ideas

Thankfully, we are not building a nation anymore. But building a small community like Englewood, can be just as frustrating because it too depends on good ideas. The Dearborn Street area is slated for significant “improvements,” improvements to the tune of nine million dollars. The underlying justification for the project remains sound and during the public meetings participants were engaged, willing, even excited to move forward. 

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