Money called key to Holmes Street development

By FRED LUCAS State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Residents and city officials got some advice and discussed some ideas about how to proceed in making improvements to the Holmes Street neighborhood, the latest step in a long push to revitalize what some consider a depressed area.

The City Commission held a retreat Friday and Saturday at the Thornhill Baptist Church to get comments in hopes of proceeding with redevelopment.

Ideas such as a low-interest loan pool or establishing a redevelopment corporation with a board of directors to oversee projects have been brought up for the past two years. No official proposal has gone before the commission, however.

John Talbert, director of community development for the city of Henderson, is familiar with the Holmes Street situation. His department redeveloped an older neighborhood in Henderson with similar drainage problems.

"Unless you have the money identified for the plans, the plans are worthless," Talbert told a group of about 40 residents along with city officials Friday night.

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