Comprehensive Plan to guide future growth
A suburban-Orland Park (IL) firm is leading Watseka in a comprehensive plan that hopefully will direct community growth in the next 20 years.
Ginkgo Planning & Design, Inc encourages citizens to submit their ideas about the community. Future meetings welcome discussion from anyone with ideas to share.
There were several "positives" pointed out about the Watseka community Tuesday night. And although all communities have negative issues to overcome, "building on the good things is key to finding ways to tell others why the future looks good," says Ferhat Zerin, Principal of the Ginkgo Group.
"There's history in Watseka, it's quite amazing and it should be showcased, Zerin said. There's a charming downtown that's in need of a rekindling effort."
The comprehensive plan, she said, is a plan. But the people here need to create projects and focus on the best possible projects that can produce the best results.
Zerin said she believes "every town needs that gathering place, a town square. Never underestimate that value of a square."
Zerin said "think big; the bigger the project the more government grant dollars will be available to make things happen."
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