Downtown Revitalization Controversy

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Tara Wilson has been the owner of Foster Street Cafe for four years now and is more than happy to see the downtown area grow.

That’s why it’s disappointing to hear that the progress may be slowing down.

"When the momentum is going forward and we're getting the investors, the attention and such to make things happen down here, its hard for all of us to look and see things come to a halt,” Wilson said.

Exec. Director for Downtown Group Cathy Cole said, "There's one building that's just an unusual set of circumstances, there's dual ownership in one building on Foster Street a portion of the building has been acquired by the DDRA and another section if this building has not been acquired."

Because of the controversy over this building it’s now tied up in court, and that’s why there’s very little information being able to given out."

Cole added, "This is now a legal issue and we can wait and see what the outcome will be."

Cole says not being able to purchase certain buildings does put a halt to the revitalization, but, its not stopping the project as a whole. "You're already seeing progress, we've had one shell of a building taken down on east main street so we're moving into the area by the bank building and we're trying to get some parking in there so that we can get someone in there that would want to move into the bank so they'd have some adequate parking."

And, that's something Wilson loves to hear, reassuring her downtown will soon be the one she hopes for.

Cole says there are big plans for the building the city is trying to obtain, along with a list of other projects ready to tackle.

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