Joe Nickol of MKSK Studios outlined how the study was conducted, including an online survey, and ideas for short- term and longer- term redevelopment of the center and area properties. The ideas should be considered suggestions or possibilities, he said, emphasizing that the presentation covered the consultants recommendations and not those of the potential buyers. Those buyers, he’s said, are good news for the property that is mostly vacant.
“For the first time in a long time, it looks like the ownership of this center will be back in local hands,” Nickol said. Those partners, he added, grew up in the area and want to see the center succeed.
The scenarios in the study looked first at what could be done within 24 months and then longer term in five to eight years.
Suggestions included better access to the center property itself with a mid-block entry from North Market Street and addition of new buildings along North Market possibly for restaurants and other businesses. As new life would come to the area, other suggestions include access off Adams Street to the rear of the center and construction nearby of housing, possibly townhomes, and an office building, possibly for medical offices.