Johnstown is a city of strong, determined people. Just as we rebuilt after devastating floods, we are working together now to revitalize our Central Business District.
In 2015 PA’s Department of Community and Economic Development, Johnstown Area Regional Industries, our local Community Foundation and others engaged the Remaking Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University to construct a plan for Johnstown’s revitalization. Today the grassroots group VISION 2025 is the recognized facilitator of this master plan. Vision 2025 is envisioning a new future for Johnstown, and to date the group has enlisted more than a thousand citizen volunteers who are donating their time, energy and expertise to over a dozen different areas of our community where improvements can be made. It is a virtual flood of positive action.
One of the Vision 2025 task groups, the Central Park Square Capture team, adopted as its mission the task of attracting new entities to our Central Business District. That team, plus a generous offer from a local building owner, lead to the birth of Gallery on Gazebo.
The Gallery on Gazebo is a non-profit, initially under the umbrella of the Community Foundation, now with its own 501(c)(3) designation. The Gallery cohabitates with a for-profit tea shoppe, Art of Tea. The two are a great combination, in an enviable location, with a soon-to-be-built outdoor piazza, contiguous to Penn Highland’s Community College. It is a winning combination – for Johnstown and for anyone walking in the door at 140 Gazebo Place.