Greenwood Revitalization Workshops May Change the City Forever
Writer / Tia Nielsen
Downtown Greenwood needs a face-lift, a do-over or maybe a miracle. Traffic headaches turn migraine daily as vehicles funnel through the corner of Main Street and Madison Avenue. Main Street is one of limited routes going east to west off I-65 in Johnson County. The potential allure of shopping or engaging in business downtown eludes all but the most dedicated.
Enthusiastic residents met with city officials, representatives of HWC Engineering and Axis Architecture on August 12 for the first of three Downtown Revitalization Study brainstorming sessions. The mood was extremely positive and focused.
Two key questions were the framework for filtering input: What do you want to protect in this area? What are the things we need to change?
The study is focusing on a larger revitalization initiative with five sub-districts to address the pressing need for economic expansion, a better infrastructure and the literal future of the historic downtown district, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in June 1991.
One contingent at the meeting Restore Old Town Greenwood, Inc. says they are hoping the majority wants to keep the existing buildings and work to create a unique and lively downtown.
Beyond that historic area, the study covers Market Plaza, Old City Park, Madison Avenue flowing north from downtown, the new City Center Park, and the former site of the city pool, as well as the overall green spaces bordering Pleasant Creek that courses through three of the five sub-districts.
Your input could change the future of Greenwood.
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