Downtown Hutchinson is the center for community events, unique shops
and services, and casual and upscale dining and entertainment. Public
investment has redeveloped the streetscape from Seventh Avenue
south to Carey Park, and public green spaces feature a river walk,
amphitheater, water spray park and many other beautiful park areas.
Private investment, aided by grants and financing programs, has
restored the historic facades of downtown Main Street buildings. The
landmark Wiley building has been redeveloped and restored to use.
Downtown living is popular with a mix of affordable and market-rate
housing, including loft apartments. The area is home to working artists,
musicians, dancers, and unique service and retail operations that have
joined longtime service, retail and antique store businesses.
Entrepreneurs are encouraged to locate in the downtown area to
develop new specialty retail and service operations to serve the
expanding downtown customer base. Downtown venues feature local
and nationally known artists. People stroll along well-lit sidewalks alive
with residents and visitors, young and old, enjoying public art, outdoor
dining, open businesses and the many events staged downtown.
Walking and biking paths make downtown easily accessible from all
areas of the community.