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Changes proposed for living in downtown Crestview
The City of Crestview could be taking action to increase business and recreation in the downtown area.
Currently, the city does not allow anyone but business owners to live in that area.
But that could be changing very soon.
Channel Three's Rob Brown tells us how, and why.
Most afternoons around 5:00, Main Street in Downtown Crestview all but shuts down. But that could change this summer if a mix-used district that would allow folks to live here is created.
Gina Shaw "It's a ghost town after 5:00. The parking is perfect for our clients because there's nobody to compete with. They can all park and get in, and everybody else is closed."
The district would require amending the current land development code.
The new amendment would allow retail, office, restaurant, business, governmental and residential use in the downtown area.
All homes would be located above the ground floor of the building they're in, except in the case of stand-alone apartment buildings or hotels.
Along with the residential changes, the plan would include incentives to businesses that improve bike and pedestrian traffic in the downtown area.
Gina Shaw "I've sadly watched really good quality stores close and leave the area, and it's really unfortunate."
Gina Shaw says more people downtown means more attention for businesses located there.
Gina Shaw "Sadly, we constantly are having people say 'I didn't even know there were these things downtown.' People will call us, they'll be referred by a friend, and say 'we didn't know these stores were here.
Jack Dorman, a community growth consultant who's helped develop the plan, says he's seen this strategy work in the past, and that Crestview will prosper from it.
Jack Dorman "We know from experience in other communities that this particular technique will work, can work, as long as the business interests and business owners are willing to invest their money."
At Tuesday evening's meeting, the Crestview City Council will hear the first request for a public meeting about the district. in Crestview, Rob Brown, Channel Three News.