Connecting William Street
With that $65,000 grant, plus $20,000 from its own funds and $15,000 worth of staff time, the DDA hopes to not only assess priorities, but also hire a "land use economist" to evaluate the sites' value and the feasibility of potential uses. The group won't make any decisions--if projects result, they'll still go through the normal planning review and city council debate. But this time, at least, the city should start with a better idea of what's possible.
[Originally published in April, 2012.]