Upstairs Living Downtown

The Klamath Falls Downtown Association and other community leaders are continuing an effort to take the downtown corridor to the next level, tapping into the market of upper level living spaces for young professionals.

The KFDA is utilizing the expertise of Illinois-based consulting firm UpstairsDowntown that helps cities across the United States identify resources needed to redevelop the upper levels of historic buildings. Dan Carmody and Mike Jackson, of UpstairsDowntown, based in Springfield, Ill., presented local community leaders with their approach to historic redevelopment Monday, and toured the upper levels of local buildings Tuesday morning.

The UpstairsDowntown’s educational workshop follows up on March presentation by a Portland architectural firm that first presented on the benefits of upper-level living spaces.

Creating ‘neighborhood’

“We’re not about creating a downtown market,” Carmody told a group of attendees Monday at The Ninth Street Venue. “We’re about creating a downtown neighborhood.”

Carmody and Jackson emphasized millennials want to live in a space that fosters community, such as a downtown location.

“This is all about managing capacities about what we can do, what have we got, and how do we put it together to make this work,” Jackson said, during a tour of downtown’s historic buildings Tuesday. “There’s great opportunity here. Now it’s just about managing all the players to come together.”

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