EDC Unveils Downtown ConceptsTuesday, June 21, 2011
Morton, IL – Today, the Morton Economic Development Council and design consultant Houseal Lavigne unveiled the first downtown concept drawings for Morton during a presentation held at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center. “We want to emphasize that these are concepts, initial ideas based on the input provided by the hundreds of people who attended input sessions and took surveys, and the data we gathered about the community,” said Dan Gardener with Houseal Lavigne. “We are eager for input from Morton citizens.”
Concepts presented were based on six key issues or needs that the community expressed during previous workshops including: creating a gathering space, making downtown a destination, adding more restaurants and retail options, promoting and beautifying the downtown, addressing the future needs of public facilities, and creating better parking options. “Many of these ideas came directly from our citizens and business and building owners,” said Jennifer Daly, Executive Director for the Morton Economic Development Council. “Everyone was eager to share ideas on how to improve our downtown.”
Attendees to the presentation were able to view concepts in detail and up close in the lobby of the Bertha Frank PAC after the formal presentation. “We want everyone to really study these designs and then provide feedback on index cards that we will have available,” said Gardner. “We will adjust concepts based on that feedback.”
Morton citizens and business leaders who were unable to attend the presentation are encouraged to view the concepts and provide input via the Morton EDC website at www.mortonedc.org. Updated concepts based on citizen input and an upcoming design preference survey will be unveiled later this summer.