Opinions mixed on Farmington downtown revitalization plan | KOB 4

Opinions mixed on Farmington downtown revitalization plan

Meg Hilling
November 01, 2017 06:40 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- Communities want to thrive, but plans for a downtown revitalization project have Farmington officials, business owners and shoppers at odds.


Already approved by city council, the project looks to revamp the downtown by changing the street and sidewalk layouts in addition to updating the water systems. The project would require shutting down portions of this road for weeks at a time, leaving many business owners concerned their business will die if customers cannot get to them easily.

"It is going to affect my business when they are tearing up the street out front here," said Nathan Hill, owner of TJ’s Downtown Diner. "… People won't park across the street and in the big parking lot across the street and walk over here if they can't park right outside.  And with the remodeling, it is going to hurt me."

However, some are saying that the necessity of the revamp will make up for any hardships encountered.

"So it is going to be hard in the beginning, you know, when they are doing the construction,"A Rustic Touch owner David Defelice said. "But I think after the construction is done, I think we'll all be better off,"

But what do shoppers think?

"I don't think it is a good idea. I know I won't personally go shop over there or go eat in that area if the roads are blocked off," said one Farmington resident, Susan Otero.


Meg Hilling

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