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Master Plan Draft Ready for Review: Comments welcome through July 15

Earlier this year, many of you were partners in collaboration on an update of the Downtown Master Plan for Las Cruces. For a reminder of how productive that process was, take a look at the summary post from the closing night of the February planning workshop.

The initial draft of the Plan that began to take shape by the end of that workshop is now ready for public comment. You can see it here. Now, it’s time to renew the collaboration. We’ll be taking your comments on the draft through July 15 here on the website and via email directly to City staff here.

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Good News for Downtown Business Growth: Substantial pent-up demand

The message from urban retail expert Bob Gibbs in his presentation to residents and business people on Wednesday, February 17, was the level of pent-up demand for stores, restaurants and lodging in Las Cruces’s Downtown and in nearby neighborhoods.

“For your city to be sustainable,” Gibbs told attendees, “it has to be more than just environmentally sustainable. It has to be economically sustainable.” And what his firm’s analysis suggests, said Gibbs, is that “there’s no question in our mind that your Downtown has the potential for being a very viable shopping area.”

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Downtown Vision Re-Focused: Let’s talk retail

With almost 70 people crowded around tables in the Shannon Room of the Branigan Cultural Center Tuesday evening, February 16, Las Cruces’s four-day collaboration on a next generation Master Plan for downtown got rolling.

The opening night task: Affirm key spots in the Downtown project area where the advantages of city life seem to be already emerging and additional places where the potential for even more activity is promising.

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