“I’ve put more time into fixing what’s been done to my building in the last 15 years than I can count,” he said of the vandalism, broken windows and graffiti his business has endured.
Improvements to the streets and better lighting would “cozy up” the alleys, said Chris Bowers, director of the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission.
“Rather than make this a place people want to avoid, let’s make it a place people want to be,” Dommer said.
United Way of Wapello County community impact associate Marie Zoromski, whose organization opens up onto the alley, said she would like to see a green space in the area between Lee’s Photography and the Bridal Cottage.
“It could have elevated or self-watering containers for food, a couple picnic tables so people could have lunch there,” she said. “I would love to be able to eat lunch outside. We don’t have windows back in our office area.”
But, Lunsford noted, when he turned in his building improvement plan recently, revitalization of the alley “stretches way into next year.”
“So this may not be the next phase, but it can be ‘a’ phase,” Bowers said.