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DeKalb leaders look for input on improving downtown

Published: Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – How do you think downtown DeKalb should look in five years?

City and business leaders are asking the public to share their visions as they update the 2007 Downtown Revitalization Plan, which led to several public improvements throughout DeKalb’s downtown. Consultants with SAA Design Group Inc. will use the information to update the planning document for the next 5 years.

“We’re just updating that original plan to better reflect the current economic climate,” said Lindsey Engelsman, of Re:New DeKalb.

Residents, business owners, Northern Illinois University community members and others are invited to an interactive workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant, 212 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, according to a news release. The DeKalb Area Chamber of Commerce will host a business networking event at the same location immediately after the workshop until 7 p.m.

The workshop is hosted by the DeKalb Area Chamber of Commerce, Re:New DeKalb, and the city of DeKalb. The workshop will explore business development and support, continuing physical and aesthetic improvements to the corridors, public spaces, events, and strengthening connections between key community destinations and institutions, the release states.

Even those who don’t visit downtown DeKalb are welcome, Engelsman said.

“Why aren’t you coming down here? What are you looking for downtown?” she said. “Really anyone who is interested in the vitality of downtown, we’re looking for them to come out Tuesday and provide their input.”

Those who are unable to attend Tuesday should call Engelsman at 815-748-7788 to set up a one-on-one interview with consultants.

“if you are unable to make it, we can put you in contact with those individuals,” Engelsman said. “And you can still let your voice be heard.”

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