State Street

State Street

Norton, KS

Our town of Norton Kansas like many others has a street at the heart of our downtown historic downtown business district, State Street. There is an abundance of traffic through our town; according a Kansas State Highway study the daily north/south traffic averages 1,085 vehicles. The courthouse, city services, post office, and the active business district are found in this center of town. Our active economic development along with civic minded individuals in 2015 through a "First Impressions" project gave us a look at our Norton community in both positive and negative characteristics and from a visitor point of view. It was from the results of this study that we identified several needs to improve our State Street. In 2016 the Heaton Building, 9 year renovation project, was completed bringing one of our oldest historic buildings back to life and providing not only meeting spaces but 13 business spaces. The next major project consisted of a directional signage project along State Street to guide visitors to points of need and interest, completed by Norton Pride and partners in 2017. In 2018 a business grants by Norton Economic Development allowed funds to update store fronts along this street. This past year the Norton Booster Club provided Blue & Yellow flags to line the street on game days to reflect Bluejay pride. Norton Pride and beautification committee volunteers work tirelessly each year to maintain flowerpot containers with flowers and seasonal decor that adorn the sidewalks in this area. Over 139 volunteers provided 4,329 hrs in 2019 to this project alone. This main street contest money would allow us to complete our long range plans to update our street with lighting, secure benches, and trash receptacles to foster not only a welcoming atmosphere but a functioning and safe one as well.