Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Oct. 27 is first public meeting on downtown’s future.
Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke’s Department of Planning, Building, and Development is currently in the process of updating the Downtown Plan. Public meetings to gather input will be held on Oct. 27 and Nov. 28 at the City Market Building beginning at 6 p.m.
The department is looking for input and ideas from citizens to help update the vision for the downtown area for the next 20 years. The plan will seek to address the rise of downtown living and the importance of public spaces and amenities. It will also focus on successful small businesses, major employers, and other initiatives that help establish downtown Roanoke as a reg
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Mark Woods File Photo
Bodily functions are a fact of life. The functioning only increases with age. When someone tells you that “you’re like a fine wine that gets better with age” just smack the crap out of them.
Clearly no member of council understands that the “mature” adult requires more frequent visits to the restroom. Myself I ask before going anywhere – are there restrooms available? I’ve left the Market when needing a restroom cutting any further shopping short and leaving downtown businesses short-changed. This was probably more information than you wanted to know.
Mark Woods who has Woods Farm in Boones Mill said elderly customers who come early to the market have no where to use a restroom. The Market building doesn’t open until 11:00 a.m. Prior to the Market renovation it opened at 10:00 a.m. and you could sort of sneak in.
Center in the Square restrooms are not available either now that it is under construction. It leaves elderly customers and farmers without a facility (a pot to … ) until the Market building opens.
Woods said that Hall and Associates charges $20 an hour to have the restroom in the Market building available earlier. “I think that’s kind of silly because I think the Market building is a public place,” said Woods.
The Market Foundation wants someone there staffing it. The foyer area cannot be opened without someone there explained city manager Chris Morrill.
Woods said that Tracie Hughes, market manager and Officer Eric Pendleton who polices the downtown area would keep an eye on things prior to 11:00 a.m. for free.
“It will be an issue until the Center in the Square reopens in about 14 months from now,” said Morrill.
Thank you for the effort Mark – I saw no mercy – if you remember “pay toilets” then you are old as dirt like me.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Commentary, Politics, Roanoke City Politics
Tags: city_council, City_Manager, market_building