The City of Leduc is moving forward on a plan to revitalize downtown.
At the Feb. 9 council meeting, councillors approved a plan so spend $950,000 this year on the first phase of a project that will see improvements done to Main Street and the 49 St. Promenade.
“It’s a necessary investment in our community,” said Coun. Dae Mackenzie.
Coun. Beverly Beckett agreed, saying the city will provide the esthetics to the downtown core and the Downtown Business Association will provide the events and activities to draw people back into downtown.
“I’m very optimistic that as the area improves we will see new business,” said Beckett.
Mayor Greg Krischke would prefer the businesses in the downtown area pick up some portion of the cost of the project as they will be the direct beneficiaries of it. “This is a shared responsibility. This is a shared vision for the future. It can’t be ‘City, take care of us’,” he said.
Krischke was voted down by the rest of council who believed the whole community will benefit from an improved downtown and if the City wanted to approach the businesses to chip in it should have been done five years ago when downtown improvements were made a strategic priority.