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Planning Commission Drafts New Neighborhood Plan

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What's in store for Quincy neighborhoods and where could we see future development?

City officials got a better idea Tuesday night when they released the new neighborhood comprehensive plan, the first of its kind since 1986.

A lot can change in 26 years and that's what this new city comprehensive plan is all about. It's about updating the information and putting it to good use. "it provides the city with a guiding tool when we have development decisions to make based on input from the public," says city planner Chuck Bevelheimer.

A map lays out the different development areas in the city of Quincy. Bevelheimer says in the future, the majority of neighborhoods will stay the same, but he says some areas, namely places adjacent to major roads, could show potential for new commercial development.

"Projecting out that how much more and what type should occur; should it be multi-family instead of commercial to act as that transition from commercial to single family," he says.

One of those transitioning areas is 24th Street, where you can find apartments and businesses interspersed with homes. One of those businesses, The Dollar Store, just recently opened, and employees say - their location helps with sales.

"Most of them say that they live right down, a couple houses down from us," says cashier Baily Stratman, who says those are some of their repeat customers.

Bevelheimer says residents from various neighborhoods have been voicing their opinions about these types of developments and if they would favor that in their own area. Friends of the Trails Board President Cullan Duke says he likes the plan which includes more green way and trails around the city.

"It's a quality of life issue and I think it improves quality of life and it's something that the implementation is going to help the community," he said.

Bevelheimer says because of the research done they'll have a better idea about the direction to move neighborhoods in the future.

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