SETTING THE STAGE
for a shared community vision for Downtown.
The historic town core or central business district, often considered the heart of the community. The downtown of Berlin was built along White Horse Pike and includes the area between the tracks and the park east of Cross Keys Road to Jackson Road.
One of the oldest settlements in Camden County. Legend says colonial travelers who rode stagecoaches between Philadelphia and the shore named the village stop Long-A-Coming after a long and monotonous ride through barren pineland.
Renew and rebuild downtown areas and restore them to their former prominence as a center of community activity by preserving its historic character and embracing its future with a vision for creative retail, eateries, the arts, and outdoor living.
A non-profit organization that works to preserve and promote Downtown Berlin as a desirable destination to live, work and visit.
The team includes passionate professionals and advocates, dedicated volunteers, influential stakeholders, and community organizers.
BEHIND THE SCENES
COMMITMENT. CREATIVITY. TEAMWORK.
GETTING READY FOR THE SPOTLIGHT
FROM STAGECOACH TO STAGE.
To secure downtown Berlin as a premier destination and place to call home, through innovative and strategic promotion, event and business planning for the purpose of preserving the historic landscape of our downtown as well as sustaining a healthy economic stage for our community’s growth.
The Downtown Berlin of the future will be known as a safe, walkable village with well-kept homes and commercial buildings. A mix of eclectic eateries, arts, shops, and unique service businesses will bring local community back to their downtown, and will attract outside audiences. The village will be described as clean and trendy. Community residents will be known for their hospitality and warmth and their commitment to cooperation building community projects. Schools and government will continue to be progressive, and the quality churches will continue to flourish. Incremental rehabilitations of commercial buildings along with well-designed and branded streetscape, place-making projects, and events will occur. This will help the downtown to better serve as an indicator of the community’s health and pride–the heartbeat of Berlin.
Downtown Berlin will be a popular destination, again, for visitors seeking this kind of historic eclectic setting where people want to connect.
In order to achieve this vision, the community will continue to involve more residents in the revitalization process. New volunteers and leaders will become involved with each new project or community initiative. Particular attention will be placed on the retention and recruitment of business and the restoration of the buildings, especially in the downtown area. Continued promotion of a main street style approach to revitalization, historic preservation, and a connection with the natural environment adjacent to the downtown will be essential to meeting these objectives.
A commitment to further develop funding, volunteerism, and publicity will be made in order to maintain a fresh, well-equipped, and organized revitalization program…and maintain Downtown Berlin’s progressive image as South Jersey’s up-and-coming–long-a-coming town.
2019 MEETING SCHEDULE
Community Leaders • Civic Organizations • Business Owners • Residents
DBRC hosts an open meeting each month / 4th Tuesday 7pm
to discuss all things "downtown".
Place: 150 S White Horse Pike / The Vault
Bring your ideas!