Officials seek input on MainStreet master plan

QCS Staff

Tucumcari MainStreet Corp. and the city of Tucumcari are seeking public input in the development of the Mainstreet master plan.

“We want everyone to come out and help us develop this plan,” said Mark Lake, executive director of Tucumcari MainStreet Corp.

Lake said they are starting a dynamic, nine-month, master planning process for the Main Street District. He said the plan will guide redevelopment of the city’s downtown for the next 20 years.

“This is not just for business owners or city officials,” Lake said. “Everyone and anyone can come to these meetings and discuss ideas and strategies for reviving main street.”

The city has hired Consensus Planning from Albuquerque to engage the community in a public process to develop a vision for the future, a plan to make that future a reality, and an implementation and funding plan to get it done, Lake said.

Lake said the plan is going to be developed through a process called a charrette — a collaborative planning process that combines creative, intense work sessions with public workshops, and open houses.

Lake said the charrette engages the talents and energies of all interested parties to create and support a feasible plan that represents transformative community change. Professional planners and facilitators are the charrette team and will be on hand to transform public ideas into more tangible products.

Some of the projects being discussed will be the railroad depot and Princess Theater, Lake said. They will also look at infrastructure issues in the MainStreet district as well as funding sources for potential projects.

“We will be looking at possible usage for vacant lots, buildings,” Lake said “They will also be talking about marketing possibilities and retail needs for the district.

When: The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today at Tucumcari City Hall.

Information: Tucumcari MainStreet Executive Director Mark Lake at 461-3701, Community Development Director Doug Powers at 461-2143 or Jim Strozier with Consensus Planning at (505) 764-9801.