Turning downtown Odessa right into a vacation spot web site the place individuals come to buy, dine and search leisure are sensible objectives, however parking points and creating housing downtown are the town’s greatest challenges.
These are the preliminary findings of an effort to replace the town’s downtown grasp plan. Town’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Board on Wednesday had their first glimpse of the findings by Kimley-Horn and Associates, the agency employed by the town to replace their downtown grasp plan.
“The venture has been transferring actually quick, however we like what we’re seeing,” Kimley-Horn Planning Analyst Monica Powell instructed the TIRZ Board. “The groundwork for most of the metropolis’s downtown objectives are already there. However housing appears to be a serious problem resulting from infrastructure prices.”
Powell mentioned the grasp plan replace might be accomplished and offered to metropolis council for adoption by the top of October.
The consulting agency spent the previous two months learning the town’s current downtown assets and hosted a sequence of public townhall conferences to gauge what residents consider, and need to see downtown, Powell mentioned.
The workshop suggestions intently mirrored the findings of a neighborhood survey performed on-line, she mentioned.
A majority of respondents indicated they had been happy with the general security and number of occasions held downtown, Powell mentioned. Then again, the vast majority of respondents mentioned they wished extra procuring choices, parking and thought the world may use extra sprucing up.
Powell mentioned the consulting agency was particularly happy on the variety of those that participated within the on-line survey. Of the 191 respondents, 47 p.c had been between the ages of 31 and 50 and 36 p.c had been 51-74. Sixty-eight p.c of those that responded to the survey indicated that they had been residents for no less than 20 years and 50 p.c mentioned they go to downtown no less than as soon as monthly.
Metropolis officers and different neighborhood leaders have mentioned they want to appeal to a broad vary of holiday makers downtown, particularly individuals of their 20s and 30s.
Powell mentioned there was widespread help for rising the variety of actions and occasions that will appeal to the focused age group, together with family-friendly actions. Extra artwork and leisure had been among the many most frequently talked about wishes residents wished to see downtown.
Metropolis and enterprise leaders have additionally expressed a need to see extra housing downtown, particularly housing that will appeal to younger professionals and faculty age college students.
Odessa School, UTPB and Medical Heart Hospital have all expressed curiosity within the housing concern, however their very own particular person efforts have been stymied resulting from infrastructure prices and accessible property and site, TIRZ officers instructed Powell.
TIRZ board members mentioned they’ll vote in November to kind a subcommittee that will begin working with totally different establishments and potential builders to speak about joint efforts to create housing downtown.