Downtown redevelopment projects include amphitheater

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Published: Friday, January 17, 2014 at 05:19 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Community Redevelopment Agency says it welcomes assistance from the county Economic Development Council as the agency evaluates goals for its final 11 years of existence.

Projects compatible with the agency's working plan include a community garden, more public parking, downtown marketing and a linear park linking the Main Street district with Twin Hills Park.

EDC Vice President Kay Rasmussen, who has called the plan "excellent," cited several proposed ideas that would be compatible with the CRA plan's parameters.

Among potential projects are a downtown amphitheatre, vacant land marketing, vehicular traffic improvements and single-family housing between commercial properties.

The latter is city planning consultant Jack Dorman's recommendation.

"You know what time downtown closes," Dorman said. "If we're going to have a viable, workable downtown, I would strongly encourage you to create a new zoning district for downtown that provides for residential as well as commercial uses."

During the CRA's Monday meeting, Rasmussen recommended the board schedule a workshop and brainstorming session to review its plan and identify projects covered under its scope.

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