Tammy L. Rogalski
Nicholas H. Cost, Council President
Bernard Scalzo, Vice President
Chris DeGonzague, President Pro Tem
Joann M. Matarese
Robert L. Lesjack
Tracy A. Lazier
Amy T. Bean
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BOROUGH OF FOREST CITY
535 Main Street, Forest City, Pa 18421
Angel and Eric Kropiewnicki with their non-profit organization ARKhelps raised $3000 to benefit the people affected by the fire on Forest City's Main Street. Through a benefit featuring 5 bands at Creekside Grove in Lenoxville and with donations by many businesses and individuals, this was an example of people working together to improve our world.
The buildings have all been removed and the ground is prepared for the next chapter on Main Street.
An open house of available rental space on Main Street is proposed by Main Street Coordinator, Art McLain. If property owners are willing to allow their available site to be toured by prospective merchants this could help expedite both rental income to the property owner and a new business on Main Street.
Property owners will be contacted by the Main Street Coordinator and available times will be advertised in advance. Is there a property you might be interested in renting? Property owners and prospective renters are welcome to contact Art through the Borough Office, through email at email@example.com or call direct at 570-280-5135.
A Message from Art McLain!
The opening of the Barking Cupcake Bakery has been well received. For the owners, Abby and Brian, it took a lot of effort and perseverance to see it come from a dream to reality. It is an example of how welcome a needed business can be received by the community. 2017 was a year of change for sure. It was also a year of progress with the paving of Main Street, sidewalk, street lamps and clock on Main Street. There were several news reports, the overwhelming majority of them being positive. The FCR School District continues to do great things for the students and the community. Churches and civic groups are very active and a great source of support and inspiration in our community.
One of the three businesses that will be honored by the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce will be Ros-Al Floral for their resilience in reopening their business in Forest City.
Carbondale and Honesdale offer an opportunity and inspiration to Forest City as their Main Streets have undergone a revitalization in recent years.
The Rail Trail, GFCBA, FCRHS and local residents are creating what is sure to be a great event on August 4th. This could be the rebirth of Old Home Days and Week which many current and former residents remember and would like to see it's return
National Night Out with the Police Department and many other community events will be a chance for Forest City to shine and show surrounding communities the great spirit of the town.
There will always be a negative attitude among some of the population, that is simply human nature. The future is as bright as we want to make it to be. Many people are working behind the scenes to make Forest City an even better place to live and do business in. 2018 is going to be a great year.
MAIN STREET REVITALIZATION
Welcome aboard, Art McLain! Art will be serving the borough as the newly appointed Main Street Coordinator. Under the direction of Councilman Nick Cost, Art will act as liason between the local businesses and Borough Council. His main focus will be on bringing new businesses to Forest City's Main Street.
Please show your support, Art welcomes your ideas, suggestions, pictures, questions and hopes you will contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (570)280-5135.
5/7/2018 - A note from Art McLain
Recently Congressman Barletta visited Forest City and I had a chance to speak with him. Before being elected to Congress, Mr. Barletta had been the mayor of Hazelton. Hazelton had an occupancy rate of 30 percent on their Main Street. As mayor, Mr. Barletta encouraged more housing and parks to be built. The Main Street business occupancy rate rose to 80 percent.
What worked in Hazelton is not necessarily the answer for Forest City but it is an example of a proactive approach to restore businesses in a town.