Archive for Thursday, October 7, 2004

Investing in downtown makes good sense

October 7, 2004

The Baldwin City Council took the first step toward making downtown revitalization a reality with its vote Monday night for a resolution supporting it for an application of a grant.

Does that mean it's going to happen? Not by a long shot. The $1.1 million project to rework sidewalks, put in lamp posts, various other cosmetic items and bring the downtown area into American Disability Act compliance will probably never see the light of day if the grant doesn't come through.

But, should that grant be served up in the spring or early summer, will Baldwin be ready to go forward? We hope so.

There is still talk concerning the funding. Will downtown business owners feel the brunt of the cost or will it be spread city wide? What other funding mechanisms have been considered?

There are still questions about the project and public input is still being sought. If Baldwin City is to take a major step into the future by saving the downtown area, this may be the best shot.

Restoring the lumberyard into an arts center would be another key element. Fund-raising for that is ongoing. It's time to invest in the historic downtown which is so very vital to Baldwin City's unique appeal. Let's all get on board

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