The city of Fort St. John could become a more welcoming environment after Council passed a motion, Monday, to fund a study looking into revitalizing the downtown core.
The study would be to generate a long-term plan to create “a vibrant area that is attractive to business, shoppers and residents.”
Although there have been several groups formed to look into similar studies over the years, no concrete plans have come out of them.
Councillor Bruce Christensen raised concerns at the meeting over having studies done that aren’t seen through. Councillor Larry Evans said there had been one study done in the early 1980s but that it was met with opposition and so was never realized.
Mayor Bruce Lantz said he believes this study will be different it will take input from various groups.
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He said that although the groups will be decided at a later time, he thinks groups like the City, the Chamber of Commerce, property owners and the general public will probably all be able to take part in the discussions.
Currently, $95,000 of the study budget is coming through grants and Lantz said a further $55,000 is coming from the city.
He said if certain projects are chosen out of the study, the total cost could be in the millions of dollars, which would also come from various sources, but may still include taxpayer money.
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Councillor Lori Ackerman said that any projects that result would most likely be done in phases over several years, so the funding would be spread out over that time.