Woodward: You can't put a price on thriving downtown

Woodward: You can't put a price on thriving downtown

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Editor: 

There has been grumbling within the community and some City Council membership regarding the sale price for the Plains Furniture property. Against that wave of criticism, I would offer my support to the Council for acting boldly and decisively on an issue central to the future of Casper's continued downtown redevelopment.

With the new retail/restaurant facilities along Ash Street and the West Yellowstone District, and the impending state office building on West Collins, development of the Plains property is essential to maintain that momentum. Certainly, a higher price would have helped; however, $900,000 amounts to $20 per city resident. So what, big deal! Keep the project moving! The city has already invested heavily in the David/Midwest/Ash street corridor and absorbing this loss will only serve to enhance that investment. 

I'm sure the Council members had their reservations about accepting the price, especially with an election upcoming in 2020. Our city's leadership has to be willing to make the important decisions and act boldly to ensure the ongoing vitality of the community. They have done just that and I wholeheartedly support their decision. 

WHALEN WOODWARD, Casper

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