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By Becky Graham bio email TwitterOWENSBORO, KY Hundreds turned out to voice their opinion on new plans for Owensboro downtown redevelopment.”It an unprecedented opportunity, a huge opportunity for this community to have 17 to 20 acres along the riverfront right next to downtown,” Rodney Berry with We the People said.That why city officials believe any future development on the old Executive Inn property should reflect it citizens, and Saturday, Owensboro residents were given a voice.”I think it really shows a democratic process,” Rosemary Conder with Riverwalk Properties said. “It really impressive.”Rosemary and about 130 other citizens were presented with four development themes: public assembly, residential, community recreation, and a combination of all three.Then, participants discussed possible projects in each category.”It was exciting to see their plan, but then also see how we could enhance it and emphasize the community,” Rosemary said.Each table voted, and the scores were tallied.At the end of the four hour open forum, the results revealed residents desire to see a mixture of the three themes on the 17 acres.These projects were the most popular among the participants:1. Farmers market2. Integrated bikeways and walking paths4. A mix of restaurants5. Outdoor events centerMayor Ron Payne said he pleased by the results, and now has a clear vision for the property, but the city first priority is working on the downtown redevelopment project.”We have the other things that are being constructed so we don need to be in a hurry to do this,” Payne said. “That gives us the opportunity to do it right, as I said.”The mayor said the property will be used in the meantime as green space and host next years barbecue festival.The final results from Saturday workshop are expected to be available on Monday.2009 WFIE. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.Heavy snow causes concerns for some driversHeavy snow causes concerns for some driversUpdated: Sunday, March 11 2018 11:41 PM EDT2018 03 12 03:41:17 GMTWFIEHeavy snows across the tristate made roads slick Sunday night. Indiana State Police officials say they were called to many reports of slide offs and minor accidents after heavy snows pounded the tristate.
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