City officials — with the help of a design consultant and Centertown residents, businesspeople and property owners — have developed a Centertown Vision Plan, which serves as a design framework for the district’s future.
“It’s not City Hall’s vision or a consultant’s vision,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said. “We spent a lot of time and effort to draw people out and get them to come to (visioning sessions).”
According to officials, the sessions were at the request of the city's Main Street Downtown Development Authority to help see what might happen in the future. They thought it is high-time to concentrate on Centertown.
“So much of the focus has been on the waterfront and downtown for so many years,” McGinnis said.
Chris Weavers, who owns JW’s Food & Spirits, 6 N. Seventh St., hopes the plan is put to good use.
“I think it is necessary and long overdue,” she said. “We kind of take a backseat to the downtown, and we are in dire need of a facelift.”
A construction project slated to take place this spring that will redo utilities and make streetscape improvements in Centertown, from U.S. 31 to Seventh Street. City officials say that there is more that can be done.
McGinnis said he hopes the project ignites some redevelopment interest in the area.
“There are some parcels ripe for redevelopment,” he said. “We think there’s some potential for mixed-use development in that neighborhood.”
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