Residents, not just officials, are being asked to help revitalize downtown
It is all part of the new community re-visioning process spearheaded by Downtown Chambersburg, Inc. Some say this effort is long overdue since the last plan to revamp the downtown area was nearly a decade ago.
"That plan has been kind of stagnant or dormant, and so now is the right time to go back to the community, get their input, revamp our plan,” said Noel Purdy of Downtown Chambersburg, Inc.
For local businesses in downtown
"We could get more foot traffic, more people in the downtown, especially at night or on the weekends,” said Andrea Meredith, manager of C&C Coffee in downtown
And it is not just businesses. Locals also agree downtown could use some help.
"Especially for a lot of smaller towns that have a lot of vacant property, people could come, grow vegetables,” said Henry, adding that
Ideas like that are exactly what officials are looking for right now. Another idea that has already come up is the possibility of making some roads two-way streets.
"Traffic pattern is really important to the look, function and feel of a downtown,” said Purdy. “Two-way streets are something that many downtown communities are looking at and going back to."
In addition to changing traffic patterns downtown, many say parking could be made more accessible.
"I have heard some of the customers talk about a lack of parking out front,” said Meredith.
After the initial visioning process, officials will come up with a five-year implementation strategy plan and then a 10- to 15-year master plan.
Monday March 17 at Capitol Theatre
Monday April 21 at Central Presbyterian Church on the Square
Monday June 16 CASHs (Auxillary Gym)
Monday July 21
To fill out a perception survey of downtown