10/15/2013 4:44 PM
by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - Community leaders in Raleigh County are asking for the public's input to improve the Uptown Beckley.
On Tuesday, officials gathered with the public for the first of four meetings to improve the city. Attendees are looking into the possibility of new retail shops, and parking and transportation solutions.
Community leaders hope to hit three other areas including New River, transportation and neighborhoods. They hope that working closely with the residents will help spark good ideas.
"We're trying to plan for the next 10 years, and we need the public's vision," Ann Worley told Newswatch. "We need your input. We want to know what creative ideas you have to bring to the table for us to help that."
The next meeting is set for Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the John W. Eye Center on South Kanawha Street. Community leaders invite the public to discuss the expansion of visitor attractions in the New River area.
"We know there's going to be costs involved with some of the projects, but we'd like to start out small steps and do some small things so people can say, 'Hey, we're really working on this.'"