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Downtown Roanoke looks for new ideas

By Nadine Maeser, nmaeser@wdbj7.com
Published On: Sep 06 2013 04:56:01 PM EDT
Updated On: Sep 06 2013 05:11:14 PM EDT
Downtown Roanoke looks for new ideas

WDBJ 7

ROANOKE, Va. -

Downtown Roanoke is looking for help from the community.

It's been more than 10 years since the city of Roanoke created a plan on how to better improve the downtown district. Now, they want to know what you want to see changed or added.

The city of Roanoke and Downtown Roanoke Incorporated have scheduled a number of public input sessions for people to share and brainstorm ideas.

Organizers said downtown has grown exponentially and it’s time to address the wants and needs of the people.

 “We realize downtown is a very diverse area in terms of the generational diversity, the different kinds of businesses and property owners here,” said Frederick Gusler.

Gusler is the senior planner for the city’s planning building and development department.

“There’s a lot of people you have to reach out to get the kind of input and information needed to create this plan,” he said.

The first session of public input is scheduled for Wednesday at 11:30 am. It will be held in Charter Hall at the Market Building.

There will also be a session on September 25 at 7 pm. The last one is scheduled for October 17.