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Cary to host open house Saturday about downtown area

Cary is taking a renewed look at its downtown area, including potential redevelopment opportunities, with the help of Chicago-based consultant The Lakota Group.
Cary is taking a renewed look at its downtown area, including potential redevelopment opportunities, with the help of Chicago-based consultant The Lakota Group.

An open house about Cary’s downtown strategic plan is set from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday on Spring Street just south of the intersection at Main Street.

The open house will take place in an open-air environment with a limit of 50 participants at any one time so that social distancing can be observed, according to a news release. Face coverings also will be required.

Participants will be entered into a drawing to receive a gift card for downtown businesses.

Those who want to learn more about the project can visit www.downtowncarystrategicplan.com to ask a question and sign up for email updates.

As previously reported, Cary is taking a renewed look at its downtown area, including potential redevelopment opportunities, with the help of Chicago-based consultant The Lakota Group.

The village received a grant through the Regional Transportation Authority that will cover about 80% of the $115,000 project cost.

The work began in April and recently has included focus groups of real estate agents, business owners and property owners looking at ways to encourage reinvestment into the downtown area, Cary Community Development Director Brian Simmons has said.

This means potential investments in existing buildings or the potential redevelopment of key properties within the village to encourage new growth in the downtown area.

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