City focuses on Holmes Street needs

By FRED LUCAS State Journal Staff Writer Published:

After years of discussion and trying to address the flooding problem, city officials are ready to take a serious look at redeveloping the Holmes Street area.

The City Commission will hold a retreat this weekend at Thornhill Baptist Church, talking to area residents and development consultants about revitalizing the area. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday and reconvene at 8 a.m. Saturday.

"This will be a redevelopment plan workshop to focus on what resources are necessary to develop a redevelopment strategy for the Holmes Street area," City Manager Bob Elliott said.

Ideas already mentioned for the area that consists of Holmes Street, Rouse Avenue and Thornhill Bypass include a nonprofit redevelopment corporation and creating a loan and grant pool to promote reinvesting.

In 2001, Mayor Bill May proposed working with lending institutions such as Fannie Mae to provide a low-interest loan pool and grant pool to allow residents and business owners in the area to have the means to refurbish their own property.

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