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Kuna Hosts Downtown Revitalization Open House

Kuna Melba News of Kuna, Idaho

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The city of Kuna hosted an open house on Thursday, October 29 for the public to view the proposed downtown revitalization plans that have been developed by a steering committee with the help of consultants. The process began in 2014 with a meeting of downtown business owners, citizens and city employees and officials to brainstorm how to improve the downtown corridor.

At the open house, attendees viewed artist's renderings of proposed improvements to Main Street curving around to Avenue E. Improvements included improvements to sidewalks, parking and attention to beautification.

It is hoped that improvements to business facades would also be part of the plan. Business and property owners would participate in the overall vision as well. Currently, all plans worked on up to this point have been covered by existing grants the city won. The next steps are to apply for further grants to pay for the project.

At the open house people could put stickers on the items they felt were most important. The options included revitalizing the downtown corridor with lighting, better sidewalks and pedestrian improvements. Also there were options for wayfinding signage, improved "Welcome to Kuna" signage, public art or art displays, repurposing the 4th Street Gym and parking lot, creating an event area, fountain splash pads, better greenbelt connectivity, improving parking and improvements to side streets that cross Main street.

According to the schedule presented at the open house, the city should know whether or not their grants were funded by spring If you would like to see more graphics or get more information about the downtown revitalization plan, visit kunacity and navigate to the "doing business" tab. Scroll down to the "downtown revitalization" menu item for more information.

Also on display at the open house were plans for a separate revitalization project. There were proposed drawings for a public workout park area similar to an obstacle course for the old BMX track just off Bridge Street. This area would integrate with the current greenbelt and be part of the westward extension.

An additional greenbelt extension project was on display for 1,250 feet of walkway and park between Indian Creek Elementary and Indian Creek. This would be an additional extension. Both projects would be dependent upon grants.

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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