The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 17, 2013

Downtown plan looks like a good one


DANVILLE — Downtown Danville — specifically its northern entryway along North Vermilion Street — could see a major makeover in the months ahead.

David Schnelle, the city’s urban services director, and Ray Garcia, the city’s superintendent of streets and sewers, recently showed off proposals to revamp parts of North Vermilion from Fairchild Street south to Harrison Street.

The proposed changes include changes in the number of traffic lanes along the stretch, alterations at intersections and the addition of a median with landscaping on part of the route.

Part of the proposed changes include eliminating some on-street parking near the Federal Courthouse, which prompted some legitimate complaints from people who work in the building.

Those concerns should be addressed before any final plan is put together.

Attention has drifted away from downtown in recent months as retail development on the city’s north side captured everyone’s attention.

But the area remains vital to the community not only for its businesses and governmental offices, but also as its role as a gather place for many city activities.

Dressing up the entryway along North Vermilion Street will only enhance both of those elements and will help make an even more favorable impression on visitors.

Residents can see the outline of the plans and are are encouraged to submit their opinions on the plans.

There is a comment form on the city’s website —

Any improvements will help the area, and the city’s plan looks like a good one.