Changes Coming To Downtown Fort Scott

Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Director Lindsay Madison leads the discussions of downtown activities.

The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Downtown Meet and Greet gathered Tuesday morning at Papa Don’s Restaurant.

The purpose of the quarterly gathering is to network and share ideas on events, promotions and anything related to downtown.

Downtown businesses and other community members tell about upcoming events and changes. The next meeting will be in October.

Following are the highlights of the meeting:

  • FS Economic Director Rachel Pruitt said the Union Block Building renovation project is progressing, in addition, there are plans for the Stout Building coming down to become a parking lot. The Union project, when completed, will provide 40 apartments and some business spaces.
  • Union Building, First and Main streets, Fort Scott.

    Stout Building, National Avenue and First Street.
  • The Buffalo Grill will have a grand opening for the River Room event center located on its second floor, Saturday, Aug. 11. The event is a week before school starts. Jared Leek is the manager of the business.
  • The Buffalo Grill was purchased in May 2018 by Al Niece.
  • Jared Leek purchased the storefronts at 14 and 16 S. Main, which will be an office for Front Door Realty, owned by Leek,  and a new bookstore, Hedgehog Inc., to open in October by Dick and Jan Hedges.
  • 14 S. Main and 16 S. Main are now owned by Jared Leek.
Repurposing of 14 S. Main has begun.
  • The City of Fort Scott has spent reserve money on development of businesses, City Manager Dave Martin said, adding “We can no longer do that.” Martin also stated he “feels good about the budget next year.
  • July 12 there will be an FS Planning Commission meeting to discuss the current city codes that don’t allow living areas on the first floor of commercially zoned buildings. It is open to the public.
  • There will be downtown outdoor movies, facilitated by Larry Gazaway on 1) July 20-Star Wars Night- people are invited to wear costumes of favorite Star War characters; 2) and August 17-Despicable Me.
  • A music group, The Whiskey Raccoons, will be at the Liberty Theater, hosted by the Bourbon County  Arts Council, Saturday, July 14.
  • Musician Ben Grace will perform at the Boiler Room Brewhaus on July 20.
  • Two art strolls by the Bourbon County Arts Council are offered on 1) July 27-which also includes a wine stroll and concert by Blane Howard and 2) September 14.
  • The Pioneer Harvest Fiesta Parade is Oct. 18; the Fiesta is Oct. 19-21 at the fairgrounds.
  • Fort Scott Holiday Open Houses are November 8 and December 13.
  • Fort Scott Veterans Weekend Celebration is November 10-11. There will be a ball at the Fort Scott National Historic Site.
  • The FS Halloween parade is Saturday, Oct. 27.
  • The FS Christmas parade is December 4.
  • The Homes for the Holiday Tours and Fort Scott National Historic Site’s Candlelight Tour will be Dec. 7-9.
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered Saturday, Dec. 15, starting at Cheney-Witt Funeral Chapel.
  • Becky Snelson provides nurse massage therapy from Suite 202 of the Shiney Studios, 123 National Avenue and is offering a massage special of $10 off any service in July, she said. She can be contacted at 913-424-8863.
  • Art In the Yard, a new artists event, is September 15 at Bobbi Kemna’s, 1366 215th Street, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Over 20 artists are scheduled to present their wares, Kemna said. She is on Facebook.
  • Gary Palmer can make coupons for businesses to include in trolley tickets envelopes for tourists.
  • The downtown directory sign, on the north end of Main Street, is $100 per year, renewable in July and is available for promoting a business.
  • The Bike-Share Program is providing 10 yellow bikes for residents and visitors for free. Several bikes are located at the Chamber office, 213 E. Wall; Fort Scott Community College-2108 S. Horton; Nate’s Place Restaurant-750 S. National; Peerless Products, 2403 S. Main. Participants must sign a waiver and show a drivers license. If under 18 years old, a parent must be present when the waiver is signed.
  • The Timken Foundation has $55,000 in grants to give away to non-profits according to Lindsay Madison, Chamber director. Grants are given in arts and culture, civic and community, education, health and hospitals, human services and recreation categories.
  • A new ranger has been hired and will be at the Fort Scott National Historic Site (FSNHS) on July 27. His name is Carl Brenner.
  • FSNHS offers Trail Blazer Camps each summer for youth 9-13 years old.
  • July 31 there will be a candidate forum at the Fort Scott High School auditorium. Questions should be submitted to the Chamber before the forum.
  • Craw-Kan Telephone Cooperative is constructing fiber optics in Fort Scott and plans to connect in the fall. Craw-Kan will be hosting the Chamber coffee on August 9 and needs to partner with a Chamber member to use their space that morning, since the business does not have an office in the city.
  • There were 100 riders who participated in the Marmaton Massacre Mountain Bike Race at Gunn Park over the weekend. Promotion is needed to promote the bike/hike trails as a year-round activity, Chad Cosens said.
  • Riverfront Park is beginning construction of an overlook of the Marmaton River and Mill Creek, to be completed this fall.
  • Gary Palmer offers printing services for flyers, posters, coupons, etc., with a designer on staff.
  • Smallville Crossfit is offering a lifting competition in the fall.

One thought on “Changes Coming To Downtown Fort Scott”

  1. I am very pleased with the progress that is being made in Fort Scott. Since my husband and I moved here 11 years ago, much had changed for the better in almost all of the aspects of life in Fort Scott. So happy to live here. Jean Tucker

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