Marysville Redevelopment Plan Sparks Concern From Some Business Owners
Construction on a new pavilion in the city of Marysville will begin this month.
The project will include a splash pad, Japanese garden, green space, and will play host to farmers’ markets and public library events.
The vision for the now-vacant lot in Marysville is to bring people uptown, but some business owners in the area worry it may instead drive their customers away.
From her South Main Street antique shop, Kim Hott says the story is getting as old as some of the items she sells. "I have people tell me all the time, ‘I drove around the block three or four times and couldn't find a place to park.’”
Now, she worries the parking situation could go from bad to worse.
The planned development will be constructed in the heart of uptown Marysville, just two blocks from her store.
"Putting in a park; I don't understand how that's going to bring people that will want to be in my shop," Hott said.
Partners Park will be built across from the new City Hall. The original plan called for 70 new parking spaces to be created in an empty lot where the old City Hall stood.
"We also understand that our infrastructure was in pretty bad shape and we needed to upgrade it some, and we need to invest in the future," said Mayor John Gore. "And we're continuing to grow."
Mayor Gore says the park will be a greater asset than the parking, but he has a plan for that, too. The city is preparing to purchase a property adjacent to Partners Park that will establish about 50 new spaces.
"Communities always talk about the need for economic development and investment, but we have a responsibility too. We have to partner," Mayor Gore said. "And a lot of this is exactly what this park is."
Construction on Partners Park is set to begin in mid-April.
Tina Eller says she hopes it will bring families and their four-legged friends to her pet supply store, just down the street. "If they know that there's a place down here, they will come. I don't think parking is going to stop them from coming."
And, city leaders say, Partners Park could be the driving force.
The pavilion is being paid for mostly through corporate donations. Nearly $1 million of the $1.2 million dollar cost has already been funded.
The project is scheduled to be complete this September.