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Study into revamping downtown St. Joe ordered

ST. JOSEPH, Mich – Downtown St. Joseph, Michigan could have a new look in the near future.

City Commissioners hired consulting firm Houseal Lavigne which is owned by a St. Joseph native, to conduct a 14-month study into potentially creating a new master plan for the area.

“It could use new things that can spice it up and make it look beautiful for the community” St. Joe resident David Kaumpungan said.

The focus of the master plan is studying what’s needed including entertainment venues, mixed-use development and increased parking.

The original budget for the study was $75,000 but was increased to $102,000 after a parking study was ordered.

St. Joseph City manager John Hodgson says this study is to create a plan for St. Joseph for the future.

“We approved hiring a consultant Houseal Lavigne Associates from the Chicago area to come in and work with residents, business owners, visitors and other interested folks to come up with a plan for the downtown for the next 20 years” Hodgson said.

The existing downtown development authority was formed in 1975and the existing master plan was eventually expanded in the early 1980’s.

“As long as there are no obstructions of this beautiful view im for it” St. Joseph resident Matiara Salulimbong said.

The study begins in October but beginning in November there will be events open to the public where St. Joe residents can add their input on what downtown St. Joe will look like in the future.

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