Main Street Plan On Council's Agenda

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Development standards along Payson's historic Main Street may ease up a little, if the Payson Town Council approves a resolution at its meeting Thursday night.

The council will hold a second reading of the Green Valley Redevelopment Area special plan district. If approved, councilmember Dick Wolfe said Main Street would be of much greater interest to potential businesses.

"We've had some nibbles down there already nothing I can talk about yet but there has been some interest" Wolfe said.

Wolfe said the adoption of the special plan district would ease a variety of the design standards, such as parking requirements, building density, setback requirements and space between buildings. Doing so would allow for outdoor displays and sales, sidewalk caf and special events that would enhance the Main Street area.

The resolution also preserves the historic significance of the Main Street area; ensures that development is compatible with the flood plain issues; and provides for the rehabilitation of vacant or dilapidated areas.

With the approval of this plan, Wolfe predicts an economic resurgence to the redevelopment area.

"I think the Sawmill Crossing project has generated a lot of interest down on Main Street," he said. "The approval of this plan will attract more businesses to the area."

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