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Main Street asks Sandy to imagine downtown's future

Stakeholders are invited to Imagine Sandy on June 23


Sandy Main Street has asked residents to share their two cents in the future of the downtown. Imagine Sandy, a visioning meeting, will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, June 23, at the Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd.

Visioning meetings are held by Main Street organizations throughout the state. Oregon Main Street Coordinator Sheri Stuart will moderate Sandy’s meeting.

“Sandy is ideally poised for this because we have a lot of undeveloped land in our downtown that offers a lot of opportunity,” said Aubrey Erwin, Sandy Main Street coordinator. “It’s absolutely crucial to get everyone involved in the planning process. The downtown belongs to everyone, so everyone should get a say in what happens there. This isn’t Sandy Main Street’s vision, and it’s not City Hall’s vision; it’s the community’s vision for its own future.”

The meeting will feature a questionnaire that will be looked at individually, in small groups and eventually as a large group. Erwin hopes the opportunity will give Sandy residents and business owners more of a sense of ownership of the downtown.

Erwin has been planning the meeting since January, working closely with Canby, which held a visioning meeting last year.

Sandy residents of all ages are welcome. Erwin has even prepared activities for kids who may show up to have their voices heard.

“I think it’s important for people to know that their ideas are going to be heard,” Erwin said. “We won’t be putting together a document that gathers dust on a shelf somewhere. It’s going to be a living, breathing process that will shape the future of the downtown for many years.”

Following Imagine Sandy, Erwin will gather more information through surveys. Before her time at Main Street is up in August, Erwin will present the nonprofit group’s findings to the City Council so it can take it forward.

Refreshments will be provided by AntFarm Café and Bakery. Interested attendants should RSVP by calling 503-489-2173 or sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sandy Main Street Director Dave Snider said they have received about 17 RSVPs, while Erwin said she would like to see between 30 and 50 people in attendance.

“The more the merrier,” she said.

For more information, visit sandymainstreet.org/about/imagine-sandy.