The community is encouraged to attend a second open house on Cornelius Town Center plans Thursday evening.

The City of Cornelius is hosting its second open house for the Cornelius Town Center and Urban Renewal Plan updates this week on Thursday, March 7. PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Community members are encouraged to attend the open house to see an updated version of plans for downtown Cornelius.

Community members first had the opportunity to check out what city officials and project staff are working on in terms of planning for the future of downtown Cornelius in January. Community input from that open house was used to make further updates to the plan which will be revealed during Thursday's open house at Centro Cultural de Washington County, 1110 N. Adair Street, at 6 p.m., according to Community development Director Ryan Wells.

The planning project started last summer and is expected to continue through most of this year. Through creating a master plan for the downtown area, city officials hope to get a clearer picture of what residents, downtown businesses and organizations, and expert consultants think would improve Cornelius' town center, as well as assemble a roadmap for how to implement those changes.

The long-range vision for the Cornelius town center, as presented in the first open house, includes redeveloping or otherwise repurposing "opportunity sites," like the disused Western States Fire Apparatus and Grande Foods buildings along Highway 8, as well as creating a more cohesive "neighborhood" feeling to make the town center area a more identifiable, vital and attractive part of the community.

By Olivia Singer
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