Monday, March 1, 2010

Development plan still reshapes downtown 10 years later

Link to March 1 Oshkosh Northwestern article.

Excerpt: The Leach Amphitheater was part of it.

So was Opera House Square. The Downtown Fa├žade Improvement Program? You bet it was part of it. So was the river walk urban trail system.

The same goes for the Fox River Heritage Center and Recreational Boating Museum and creation of a grocery store where Crescent Moon Antiques and Salvage now does business.

The "it," is the 10-year-old Downtown Oshkosh Plan, and those who supported its development and implemented many of its initiatives say it has proven to be a great tool that focused energy and interest in downtown revitalization.

Some of the most striking improvements suggested for downtown Oshkosh — Main Street reconstruction and beautification and the river walk, should be completed and started — will start almost 10 years after LDR International Inc. consultants Cy Paumier and Craig Watson first put the results of a seven months of study in the hands of the Oshkosh Common Council on Sept. 12, 2000.

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