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  • Eagle Point forum puts spotlight on downtown revival

  • EAGLE POINT — A community workshop today will give residents a chance to weigh in on possible uses for a former fire station and help shape the city's vision for a vibrant downtown core.
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      What: Workshop to brainstorm ideas for uses of a former fire hall
      When: 10 a.m. to noon today, May 3
      Where: Ashpole Community Center, next to City Hall at 17 Buchanan Ave., Eagle Point
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      What: Workshop to brainstorm ideas for uses of a former fire hall

      When: 10 a.m. to noon today, May 3

      Where: Ashpole Community Center, next to City Hall at 17 Buchanan Ave., Eagle Point

      For information on today's workshop, and drawings of the property being discussed, visit online at www.cityofeaglepoint.org/DocumentCenter/View/816
  • EAGLE POINT — A community workshop today will give residents a chance to weigh in on possible uses for a former fire station and help shape the city's vision for a vibrant downtown core.
    The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ashpole Community Center, next to City Hall at 17 Buchanan Ave., Eagle Point.
    Participants will discuss specific properties as well as downtown issues such as parking and pedestrian and vehicle access to the downtown.
    Vacated and used for storage since it was replaced with a newer station in recent years, the old fire station is virtually a blank canvas, says City Planner Mike Upston.
    "The city wants to be good neighbors and, as property owners inside its own downtown, we want to discuss the best possible ways to develop city-owned property for the betterment of the downtown," Upston said.
    "A number of properties in the downtown are either vacant or woefully under-utilized and, as landowners, we want to be thinking ahead as to what could be on our property."
    City officials and a local architect will provide background on downtown planning and possible future development of the city-owned property along Main Street, across the street from Bob Moore Park.
    Upston said city officials will ask for feedback on ways to provide for safe and efficient vehicle and pedestrian access, as well as parking for the future tenants, their customers and the public.
    Upston said the downtown could use additional housing and "businesses and attractions to draw people from outside the community at a level that will allow downtown businesses to succeed and grow."
    "We want to engage the community in helping to determine where are we underserved as a community and what is our downtown not providing for us?"
    Buffy Pollock is a freelance writer living in Medford. E-mail her at buffyp76@yahoo.com
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