The city of Durango recently appointed two new board members to the Durango Business Improvement District board of directors.
BID is excited to begin working with John Mahoney, formerly of Coldwell Banker Heritage House Realtor and the voice of Fort Lewis College soccer, and Sebastian Hartley from Keller Williams Realty.
John Mahoney is an owner and partner of Coldwell Banker Heritage House Realtors. He began with the company in 1981 and first became the manager in 1989. He and his current business partner, Gina Piccoli, purchased into the company in 2001. Some years ago, he retired from day-to-day manager duties, but he remains an active partner.
Sebastian Hartley works at Keller Williams Realty. Sebastian has a long history downtown, being one of the first hires at Steamworks Brewing Co. years ago as its front-of-house manager, owning a business downtown and now working at Keller Williams at Seventh and Main.
Adding new board members means we are saying goodbye to others. Antonia Clark chaired the BID board last year and was a great addition to our team. As the owner of Toh-Atin Gallery, Antonia brought a wealth of retail experience and knowledge.
John Wells served on the BID board for 15 years. John helped guide BID into the organization that it is today. His long-term knowledge of the community, the comings and goings of businesses and other trends that affect businesses in the BID has been invaluable.
BID truly appreciates John and Antonia for their service to BID and its constituents. You will both be missed tremendously.
H H H The city’s recent request for input about a pilot parking program on Narrow Gauge Avenue has garnered some attention. The city proposes selling a parking permit for the metered spaces on Narrow Gauge Avenue. This would be a pilot program that would be in place for about a year, then would be evaluated to see if it should continue.
The program would not replace metered parking with permits, but instead would offer a limited number of permits that would allow the holder to park on Narrow Gauge Avenue. For employees in the northern part of downtown, parking at the Transit Center or at the city lots on East Second Avenue is inconvenient.
The pilot program would allow downtown employees to park closer to their work and potentially move some of them from parking in the prime spots on Main or the cross streets while still keeping metered spots available for downtown shoppers.
To learn more about this program and to comment, plan to attend BID’s monthly Coffee and Conversation meeting from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. April 8 at First National Bank of Durango.
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To sign up, text DURANGOBID to 22828 or go to DowntownDurango.org and click on the communications tab.
email@example.com. Tim Walsworth is the executive director of the Durango Business Improvement District.