Archive for Thursday, September 23, 2004

Downtown revitalization plan needs public input

September 23, 2004

The plans for downtown revitalization for Baldwin City have been unveiled and show what could be a gorgeous rebirth for the historic area.

Plans call for a great deal of work along High Street that would turn the area into an attractive place for people to do business, as well as the host of non-business related activities that occur downtown. (See details in the Signal story on page A-1 and graphics on page A-8.)

But, it's not all about aesthetics. The plan takes into account something that's long been needed in the downtown area and that's compliance with the American Disability Act (ADA).

Between the two of those items, this revitalization plan needs to be taken seriously. Both of these need to be addressed for the long-term viability of the downtown area.

Of course, this all costs money. Right now, the price tag is being listed at $1.1 million. A grant is being sought to pay the majority of that, but the city would still be responsible for around $346,000.

That's why all citizens of Baldwin need to be aware of this project and make their feelings known on the proposal. During past presentations of the initial project plans, there was opposition brought by several people. There were also those present who felt the changes were necessary.

That's what's needed on such issues -- plenty of input, from all sides. Don't let others decide this issue if you have strong opinions on it.

Support must be shown in order for this long-overdue makeover of downtown to become a reality. Otherwise, we'll continue to talk about it for years.

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