A glimpse into the future

Tentative plan for downtown makeover gets mixed reviews

By EMILY ANDERSON
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Farmers Market patrons huddled at a booth on Sixth and Main streets Thursday night to view the preliminary plan for a downtown makeover.

The plan, which stretches from Third to Seventh streets on Main and has not been formally adopted yet, received mixed reviews.

Robin and Steve Heil said they liked that the plan made more room for pedestrians. The plan as it stands takes out all parking spots on the 400 block of Main Street.

“It’s more for people than it is for cars,” Steve Heil said of the plan.

Although not everyone was a fan of losing some free parking spots, Marge Hall said she’s fine with using alternative parking locations.

“I think they’re trying to get people to use the parking garage more and that’s fine. I like the parking garage,” she said.

Kathy Hollatz considered the parking spot loss a trade-off for more extreme measures.

“I was opposed to having the street closed off, so if this is the compromise, I’m happy,” she said.

Phyllis Zell said she prefers Main Street the way it is.

“I think it’s beautiful like it is and it just needs some repairs. It’s a waste of money,” Zell said.


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