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GV’s downtown eyed for upgrades

Improving downtown Grass Valley may mean more parking and restrooms and better landscaping.

These are some of the ideas expected to be discussed at a public workshop Sept 16 as the city prepares a plan for the downtown area.

The goal is to make sure the area remains strong economically, said Mike Notestine, a consultant with Mogavero Notestine Associates of Sacramento, the firm hired to develop a strategic plan for downtown.

The study will include Bank Street, where a developer wants to build a hotel along the Golden Center Freeway; West Main, Richardson, Mill, Church and Bennett streets.

The Grass Valley Downtown Association, a nonprofit organization that represents businesses, will be co-host to the workshop.

Howard Levine, the association’s executive director, said the area, where 99 percent of the buildings are occupied, should not be “static.” He envisions a public plaza where people could congregate.

Invitations to the workshop have been sent to business owners, residents, schools, developers, architects and others, said Joe Heckel, the city’s community development director.

Levine said he hopes 50 to 60 people will attend.

Arlene Rice, co-owner of Cousin Jack’s Pasties on South Auburn Street near City Hall, said she might attend.

Overall, Rice said, downtown stores are doing very well. “I think we have a good selection,” she said of the stores.

A second public workshop will be scheduled this fall.

WHAT: Public workshop on the Grass Valley downtown area

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16

WHERE: Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St.


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