City council discusses changes to downtown

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It was all ears in council chambers today as Mayor Glenn Elliott took the floor with his mayor’s report. Lately, there has been a lot of attention–both positive and negative–on City Council and the Mayor, as the recently elected members have proposed several changes and improvements in the city.

One proposal being the purchase of the building at 1437 Market Street. Currently, the city owns three buildings beside that one and wants to purchase 1437 in hopes of renovating the group of four buildings and giving them new life.

“Our thinking was there are already three buildings the city owns right next door, and bringing that fourth building into the package is going to make it much more marketable to potential developers,” said Elliott.

“Our idea is obtain ownership of the fourth building and bring in a developer to look at it as a package.”

Right now, Market Street News leases 1437 Market Street through April 2017, and their lease will not be renewed if the city purchases the building.

Additionally, Elliott discussed a pair of buildings located on Main Street that he would also like to see saved and renovated.

“The city owns two buildings at 1107 Main Street and 1109 Main Street, right across from where the HealthPlan facility is going to be located. My personal hope is to save those buildings and find a new owner for them. I think there are first floor retail opportunities right there which could cater to HealthPlan businesses and stuff, so I think there’s opportunity for those two buildings,” said Elliott.

Elliott says the revitalization of these buildings is an attempt to “spur redevelopment” in the downtown area.

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