The City of Rainier is considering methods to enhance the economic vitality of downtown Rainier. As part of the Main Street 507 project, the community is studying how best to balance the roles of Binghamton Street (SR 507) as a Main Street and a state highway. Fundamental goals of the project include how best to comfortably accommodate pedestrians in downtown, and how best to improve traffic flow through the business district, especially at the Minnesota and Centre Street intersections.
Goals of residents involved in the project include:
Retaining the small town feel of Rainier
Creating a stronger sense of place (i.e. a more aesthetically-pleasing area with more flowers and plants, a community theme)
Establishing a more walkable downtown (i.e. with wider sidewalks, a town square, sidewalks and crosswalks in areas that do not have them, safer crosswalks, more places to gather)
Developing more activities that attract people to Rainier/hold people in the community (i.e. a town square, more sports activities)
Encouraging more business and economic development
Minimizing the negative impact of vehicles on the character of downtown (i.e. by improving the traffic flow at Minnesota and Centre Streets, reducing traffic speeds through town)