Mayor Graham Richard today announced a call for action to begin several downtown projects.
*Work with the Downtown Improvement District to create a public-private-civic downtown redevelopment organization to coordinate the implementation of the BlueprintPlus initiatives.
*Mixed-use retail and residential development along with a parking garage at Washington Boulevard and Harrison Street.
*A new hotel north of the
*Appoint a task force to further evaluate a downtown mixed-use/baseball stadium complex.
*Pursue a plan for a youth sports complex in the
*Implement traffic calming along east-west and north-south arterial routes.
The City's $10 million CEDIT bond will assist in the financing of the projects.
Nationally-recognized architect and planning visionary Gianni Longo led a process to develop the project recommendations by building on the foundation established in the original Downtown Blueprint. Since April, Longo and a steering committee led by Bob Taylor, President of Do It Best and George Huber of the Downtown Improvement District have worked together to create a BlueprintPlus action plan for downtown revitalization. Public participation and community consensus guided the process.