Input Needed for Fruita Downtown Development Plans
KREX News Room
FRUITA, Colo. - The city of Fruita is looking to make major renovations to their downtown.
The plans hope to improve the area and help boost economic development; officials are now looking for feedback on the concepts.
"As a new business, making us more visual to the people that are coming in downtown ... yes that would be, I think, a great thing," said Jackie Rodriguez, an employee at Chow Down Pet Supplies that recently opened in Fruita.
City officials have been trying to develop the downtown area for years and now have put their plans on paper.
The concept plans will increase green space, sidewalk space, public gathering spaces and parking spots.
"What the city is trying to do downtown is bring more people downtown, like customers, to the various businesses and also how can we keep those people coming back," said Dahna Raugh, the Community Development Director for the city of Fruita.
That could be good news for local businesses, although the idea of a long, invasive construction project makes Rodriguez nervous.
"That's really going to make it difficult for our customers. [Those] that haven't found us, or are original customers that have found us but find it difficult to come in and lug that 30 pound bag of food out to their car," she said.
City officials said that is the exact type of feedback they are hoping to gather as they open up the comment period for the new plans.
"Everything that we have right now is not written in stone, it's all stuff that is being discussed and we'd like the public to tell us, from what they're seeing, do they see anything that we need to be concerned about," said Raugh.
The concept plans also include changes for Fruita Memorial Park.
City officials will be accepting comments until mid September when an updated plan will be drafted based on the input received.
To view the concept plans, visit www.Fruita.org/downtown.htm
Residents can also view the plans at the Fruita city offices located on 325 East Aspen.