Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner says changes are already coming to the downtown area even without the revitalization plan headed back to the City Council.
"Public Works Director Jim Karch has put together a proposal for us to link the downtown to the bike trail and to Wesleyan's campus. And this is something that should be, as Jim calls it, low lying fruit. It should be something we can easily afford, it won't even require a budget amendment. We can do it with current staffing."
Renner says a push to create a master bicycle plan will head to the Council next month as well as the overall revitalization blueprint that stalled out in 2010. He says form based code has been removed from that plan. The city also plans to update signage to make plain that parking enforcement stops at 4 p.m. in city lots. He says that should cure the mis-perception of a parking shortage in the downtown. Renner also says the city is seeking state help to create a Route 66 Visitors Center in the McLean County Museum of History. And he hopes for a library expansion to the south capped by a pond and detention basin that can be a source of recreation and an anchor to that end of the downtown. He says the Council will also discuss closing the open alcohol loophole for limousines and party buses.
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