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Downtown improvement input meetings begin Tuesday

WILLMAR -- The first of five meetings hosted by the Willmar Design Center and City of Willmar to gather suggestions about downtown improvement will be 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Luther Hall at Bethel Lutheran Church, 411 Becker Ave. S.W. The public is invited.

Mayor Frank Yanish will provide the welcome, and city and Design Center representatives will discuss the history of downtown planning, provide background on past efforts, discuss the results of those efforts and what exists for the current plan.

The public will be asked to define the central business district, discuss downtown access and other issues, make suggestions, participate in a prioritization exercise, and meet with city and Design Center representatives.

Meetings with ethnic business and property owners are as follows:

n 4 p.m. Wednesday with the African business community at the African Development Center, 516 Litchfield Ave. S.W.

n 6 p.m. Wednesday with the Latino business community at the Willmar Area Multicultural Business Center, 215 Fourth St. S.W.

n 4 p.m. Thursday with government and institutional representatives at Christianson and Associates, 302 Fifth St. S.W.

n 6 p.m. Thursday with other downtown property and business owners at Christianson and Associates.

A quorum of City Council members may be at these meetings.

WILLMAR -- The first of five meetings hosted by the Willmar Design Center and City of Willmar to gather suggestions about downtown improvement will be 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Luther Hall at Bethel Lutheran Church, 411 Becker Ave. S.W. The public is invited.

Mayor Frank Yanish will provide the welcome, and city and Design Center representatives will discuss the history of downtown planning, provide background on past efforts, discuss the results of those efforts and what exists for the current plan.

The public will be asked to define the central business district, discuss downtown access and other issues, make suggestions, participate in a prioritization exercise, and meet with city and Design Center representatives.

Meetings with ethnic business and property owners are as follows:

- 4 p.m. Wednesday with the African business community at the African Development Center, 516 Litchfield Ave. S.W.

- 6 p.m. Wednesday with the Latino business community at the Willmar Area Multicultural Business Center, 215 Fourth St. S.W.

- 4 p.m. Thursday with government and institutional representatives at Christianson and Associates, 302 Fifth St. S.W.

- 6 p.m. Thursday with other downtown property and business owners at Christianson and Associates.

A quorum of City Council members may be at these meetings.

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