Turning downtown Odessa right into a vacation spot web site the place individuals come to buy, dine and search leisure are real looking 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 challenge has been shifting actually quick, however we like what we’re seeing,” Kimley-Horn Planning Analyst Monica Powell advised the TIRZ Board. “The groundwork for lots of the metropolis’s downtown objectives are already there. However housing appears to be a significant problem resulting from infrastructure prices.”
Powell stated the grasp plan replace will probably 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 present downtown assets and hosted a collection of public townhall conferences to gauge what residents consider, and need to see downtown, Powell stated.
The workshop suggestions carefully mirrored the findings of a neighborhood survey performed on-line, she stated.
A majority of respondents indicated they had been glad with the general security and number of occasions held downtown, Powell stated. Alternatively, the vast majority of respondents stated they wished extra buying choices, parking and thought the world may use extra sprucing up.
Powell stated the consulting agency was particularly happy on the variety of those that participated within the on-line survey. Of the 191 respondents, 47 % had been between the ages of 31 and 50 and 36 % had been 51-74. Sixty-eight % of those that responded to the survey indicated that they had been residents for at the least 20 years and 50 % stated they go to downtown at the least as soon as per 30 days.
Metropolis officers and different neighborhood leaders have stated they want to appeal to a broad vary of tourists downtown, particularly individuals of their 20s and 30s.
Powell stated there was widespread help for rising the variety of actions and occasions that might 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 want to see extra housing downtown, particularly housing that might appeal to younger professionals and faculty age college students.
Odessa Faculty, 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 obtainable property and placement, TIRZ officers advised Powell.
TIRZ board members stated they may vote in November to kind a subcommittee that might begin working with completely different establishments and potential builders to speak about joint efforts to create housing downtown.