There has been a lot of talk about the Green Valley Redevelopment Area and especially the Main Street Project over this past year.
Where are we going? What are we doing? What is redevelopment all about? How is this going to affect Payson? How did this all get started?
All legitimate questions. That is why all of the meetings are open to the public.
At this time of year, one tends to look over the accomplishments of the past year and look toward what might be realized in the upcoming year.
(This year, the committee) realized the Green Valley Redevelopment Plan. Maybe that doesn't seem like much, but think about how much planning goes into building a house.
It doesn't start with the architect, it starts with a dream, an idea, and time spent in serious thought about a family's wants, personal needs, goals and desires.
That is in essence what the redevelopment committee took into consideration when we were first meeting. (We took into consideration such things as) boundaries, how was the project to be financed, public safety issues, infrastructure, historic preservations/conservation, design review, housing, commercial, employment areas.
All these issues came together to create and recreate the social, economic and historic base for the place we call home -- Payson, Ariz. The accomplishments? We came up with a vision; a real, and vital plan that addressed all of the above factors.
The redevelopment plan is available to the public. The plan was created from input from citizens off and on the redevelopment committee who deeply care about Payson and where we are headed. With all that had to be considered, and the hurdles that were presented and successfully crossed, it was quite an accomplishment. The Payson Town Council encouraged the committee through its 13 months of work and approved the plan in October 1999.
The goal for the year 2000 is to implement that plan.
We have a good start. There are several businesses interested in locating on Main Street, a grant request has been made to the Arizona Department of Transportation for an attractive entrance to Payson with great consideration to public safety and business access.
Wanting to keep our town "our town," many local artists are energized about what can be done to revitalize our history and bring it into the 21st century.
The purpose of Main Street and downtown redevelopment programs throughout the United States is to revitalize a town's character -- from its history to its social and economic health.
We in Payson are very fortunate to have historic structures. We are fortunate to have businesses that want to be a part of our vision. We are fortunate to have people who want to resurrect and embrace that vitality which was Payson and is still Payson.
Working in partnership between the town and the business community, we will go into the 21st century with a good foundation, a sense of our roots, and a steadfast hold on the ideals that pioneered Payson. There could not be a better way to begin a new millennium.