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Downtown Revitilization Looks for News Ideas

August 6, 2014

news_logoMembers of the Downtown Revitalization Committee met Wednesday evening. Mayor Mark Senter asked members for, “new downtown ideas.”
Member Brent Martin sent out 16 to 18 ideas to board members but only Mark Gidley responded to any of them. Martin proposed a private development residential project on Water Street along with the sketch of a project for the south gateway area including the Deon property.
Mayor Senter noted that they have appraisals for the Deon property and hope to negotiate with them for a future building site
Gidley said creating incentives for developers to spend would be beneficial. He asked for a map of city owned lots in the downtown area. Gidley said improvements to parking lots, sidewalks, and extending corners to make downtown more walk-able are good ideas but he felt putting more property back on the tax rolls would appeal to the citizens.
Martin asked about tying in the Metronet with an incubator project for start-up companies in the downtown area.
Member Dan Tyree also felt getting some properties back on the tax rolls would help the committee with other projects. He too asked for a map of city lots and suggested looking at incentives and abatements for residential development. Tyree also felt a nice restaurant in the downtown would be beneficial to the entire community with people taking a walk after dinner or walking while waiting for seating.
The committee talked about downtown Valparaiso and their success for bringing economic development. Tyree also mention the request for downtown upscale renovated housing on the upper floors.
At the end of the meeting committee member Brent Martin tendered his resignation. Martin said he is merging his business with a company in Warsaw and will be relocating it there. Although he will still live in Plymouth he will be spending much more of him time in Warsaw and didn’t think he would have the time to devote to the Mayor’s committee.
Mark Gidley said, “Every town needs a dreamer and we are losing a dreamer with Martin’s move.” He continued, “Sometimes people think Brent dreams too big but I’d rather have some who dreams even if we fall short of the expectations.”


5 Responses to “ Downtown Revitilization Looks for News Ideas ”

  1. sbmear on August 10, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    We have a very nice downtown area, it seems we aren’t using it to the full potential. I walk there all the time, but unless I want to go to a bar, there is no place to stop and get a sandwich, or pie in the evening. There are no stores open that offer shopping after 5:30…why go downtown then? Friday nights the stores used to stay open, that way people that work had the opportunity to shop them, not like that anymore…

  2. MikeB on August 7, 2014 at 6:19 pm


    Downtown is a solid “minimum wage” zone. Don’t attempt to rock the boat.

  3. sbmear on August 7, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I think we need a downtown with business’s that are willing to stay open in the evening. What few actual business’s are downtown, none of them are open for anyone wanting to walk around and shop….so off to the outdoor mall they go because there are several stores open in the evening. We can’t let insurances companies and the like take over all of the store fronts because that will not bring in any business for others. We need a ben franklin, or harvey mart, a dollar general or tree up there. something with variety. then maybe we could get something bigger like big lots, that would get enough people downtown to shop the specialty stores also. and eat at the restaurants.

  4. MikeB on August 7, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Agree with Mark and Andrew. Without vision, Plymouth will continue to be known as a meth city that happens to host an out-of-control “festival” that hawks Chinese merchandise every year.

  5. Andrew on August 7, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Very sorry to hear about Brent Martin’s departure. Plymouth lost something there.

    I agree with Mark Gidley his closing comments. Having made unsuccessful attempts to get a project online with the help of some Plymouth entities, I have come to the conclusion that you are only taken serious if you have connections, a big splashy image, (legs) or an iron-clad ego. Sadly I had none. This seems to be a tradition that repeats itself regularly — sadly.