City of Owensboro plans to back downtown master plan

At its first meeting of 2009 on Tuesday, the Owensboro City Commission is expected to pass a municipal order officially declaring its support for the downtown master plan being produced by Gateway Planning Group. 

The plan spells out an $80 million package of projects for Owensboro’s downtown including a mixed use indoor events center and “market square” plaza that are designed to boost downtown development. 

The order states that the city commission “declares that the implementation of the Plan is a priority for City Government and directs City Government to work diligently to determine the best method or methods of implementing and financing the public projects recommended by the Gateway Planning Group.”

Here is the illustrative plan Gateway has put together that will be backed up by the complete, 200-plus-page plan expected to be completed in the next few weeks. 

Also next week, Daviess Fiscal Court is expected to adopt a similar resolution expecting its support for the downtown master plan. 

And new Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne and Daviess County Judge-Executive Reid Haire will be delivering speeches at the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce’s Rooster Booster breakfast on Thursday to provide an update on what lies ahead for city government. 

That breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the community room at Owensboro Christian Church.

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