LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Boyles supports downtown redevelopment

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 05:54 PM.


I read with great interest recently that Councilwoman Robyn Helt has begun the push to link Twin Hills Park with historic downtown Crestview via a walking trail and (that she) envisions other improvements along the corridor funded with Community Redevelopment Agency monies.

CRA dollars are collected from the properties within the CRA District and are designated for improvements that will rehabilitate the district and the economy within the district. Councilwoman Helt and the entire council, sitting in their capacity as the CRA, are to be commended for tackling such a worthwhile project.

I have long been a vocal advocate for the redevelopment of the Downtown District as Crestview's heart, a location where my wife and I continue to make substantial personal investment. Such a project will build on the great work carried out by the council and city staff in making tremendous improvements to Twin Hills Park in recent years.

The walking paths and playground areas are now heavily utilized. Linking the park with downtown will further increase pedestrian traffic in both areas and continue the long and difficult process of revitalization.

Keep up the good work.

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