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Geneva BID looks to future, while honoring a mainstay

It was a night to celebrate the success of downtown Geneva and honor a retailer that has persevered through more than four decades of change in the central business district.

Dave Linger, president of the Geneva Business Improvement District, told the largest crowd ever gathered for the organization’s annual dinner, held at the Ramada Thursday night, of the optimism and energy he sees downtown — from new businesses sprouting up to millions of dollars in public and private investment in a range of projects that include a solar housing development, the conversion of an empty movie theater into a brewery/tasting room, adaptive re-use building projects, and street and sidewalk improvements.

Many, he noted, are well underway, while others, including the street work, are set to begin this year, providing temporary inconvenience but long-term benefits for downtown.

Linger didn’t have to look far for examples of businesses investing in the future.

The host Ramada served as an example. The hotel, purchased in 2017 by Delaware Hotel Group, a hotel and management company based in Mount Laurel, N.J., is in the midst of an extensive update that can be seen by the many Dumpsters outside the hotel taking away material from renovations that include the hotel’s gutted sixth floor.

The conference room where the dinner was held is the last for a while, as the Ramada plans renovations in that space as well.

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