Kenner's Rivertown Main Street

Kenner's Rivertown Main Street

Kenner, LA

http://www.kenner.la.us/pages/section_5_27.asp

Rivertown is a 12-block area located at the junction of Williams Boulevard and the Mississippi River in what was the original heart of the City of Kenner, Louisiana. The historic district of Rivertown was designated a Louisiana Main Street in 2014 and remains the only such community in Jefferson Parish today. Rivertown is comprised of a unique collection of educational and entertaining attractions for local residents and tourists alike. It is perhaps the only area in the city to resemble a walk-able town center. It houses a small collection of museums such as the state of the art 50-foot Kenner Planetarium, a one of a kind International Space Station prototype exhibit, a performing arts theater, community art courtyard, recreational opportunities such as a levee top bike and walking path, cultural festivals, as well as several small shops and locally owned family restaurants. Quaint charm abounds, but so does the continued need to revitalize dilapidated structures and to fill long vacant buildings with new and busting businesses. If awarded the $25,000 grand prize, we will emphasize restoring one particular historic building in the Rivertown district. Affectionately called the Rivertown Castle, this 2-story early 20th century masonry structure currently sits unoccupied in the heart of the Main Street district primarily due to an unauthentic renovation done in the late 1980's. Used during that time as a children's theater for puppet and magic shows, stucco castle turrets were added to the roof and vibrant storybook murals were painted along the exterior. Today, however, Rivertown Main Street does not need a castle, rather it needs an attractive commercial space to spur economic vitality in the area. Please help us restore the real historic character of this valuable asset. Vote for Rivertown!