Sheldon, IA — The first in a series of Downtown Infrastructure Project Planning Meetings was held Tuesday morning. City officials, downtown merchants and media representatives came together to discuss ways to help each other not just survive, but thrive, during Sheldon’s downtown remodeling.
SCDC Executive Director Mark Gaul moderated the meeting, and says that the meeting provided the opportunity to talk about how the project will take place, as well as begin to put together a communication plan to keep merchants, customers and the general public informed as the project progresses.
Gaul says one of the concerns during the remodeling project will be the availability of parking.
Gaul says he believes communication is a key component to helping the affected businesses thrive during the remodel, and that the SCDC will be focusing their attention to that end.
Gaul says one of the things that came out of Monday’s meeting was learning that the project will be conducted in phases, and that only one block will be torn up at a time. In addition, he said that each block would start with the street, and that the sidewalk would remain open during street replacement. Then the sidewalk would be done for the block, with the street open and ramps providing access to the affected businesses. Gaul said that, knowing that, it’s now up to the SCDC, in cooperation with the local businesses, to get that word out.
Gaul says the SCDC will continue to provide information through their website, as well as the local media, as the project takes place. KIWA Radio and kiwaradio.com will offer live daily updates as Sheldon’s downtown construction project proceeds.