Part of keeping downtown the heart of the community is making sure that vital businesses and services are located there. This not only ensures patronage downtown, but also makes it conducive for other businesses to be located downtown.
A prime example of one of these vital services is the post office. When the Main Street Ozark Executive Director and Board heard rumors of their post office relocating outside of the downtown area, they went straight to work at convincing them to stay downtown. It helped to have the community in support of their efforts. In a survey sent out to postal clients, the response was overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the post office downtown.
Committee members scouted several properties and presented the post office with four different proposals. The proposals were met with interest, but the details needed to be worked out.
Main Street Ozark obtained options to purchase on four properties and was able to get two properties donated, all in the area adjacent to the courthouse square.
Through a combination of finesse, wisdom, cooperation and basic pleading, Main Street Ozark was able to work through the barriers. The Post Office restructured their bidding process and after much negotiation the new facility in now located in the desired downtown location; resulting in the the beginning of the revitalization in what had been a blighted area on Ozark’s beautiful river front.