Businesses Look to Gain From Revitalization
SEDALIA - The city of Sedalia will add nearly 50 buildings to its downtown improvement project. The downtown area has had 66 buildings since 1993. The expansion project allows more property owners to be eligible for tax credit programs, so they can pay to fix up their stores.
Wine and More Owner Turf Martin made improvements to his store. He likes what the city has done to the downtown area.
"The work that's being done by the city, and the chamber, and others is certainly going to attract people back to downtown," Martin said.
The Administrator of Sedalia Downtown Development Meg Liston noticed that many of the businesses downtown were trying to make renovations, so Liston tried to see if all the businesses could ask for the renovations at the exact same time. The city passed the plans for the first rounds of approvals in April of 2009.
"The city of Sedalia and a tax district that we have that supports the downtown decided to see if we could do an application to extend the district in whole," Liston said.
The plan worked out. Martin has had regular customers ever since he opened his store in September of 2008.
"We've made friends and have old friends as well as new friends. It's a good place to meet people," Sedalia resident Myrna Ragar said.
Now Ragar doesn't have to travel as far to buy a cup of coffee. The revitalization project approved the addition of two businesses now open, the Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot and the Fox Theater.