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Conceptual Plans Unveiled for Downtown Amarillo

Elise Preston
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO---Downtown Amarillo developers are evaluating what residents have to say about proposed downtown plans unveiled Wednesday night.

Three blueprints for revitalizing downtown Amarillo are now up for discussion by residents, city leaders and business executives

The designs are distinct, but they all have similar concepts. There is construction of a new public parking garage and building a multi-purpose entertainment center and ball park. There are also plans to re-use old, existing warehouse space and converting it to urban living.  Developers also hope to incorporate a convention center hotel into downtown.

Some residents and organizations like, Downtown Amarillo Inc., Center City and the TIRZ board are excited about the concepts breathing new life into downtown. Others, like Irma Heras, fear the tentative plans are more for tourists and not Amarillo families.

"I believe the homeowners from our area are going to be pulled into the downtown area, and be taxed for all the new things they want to put downtown." said Heras.

However, developers say, it will take both public and private dollars to make the re-vitalization work. They say the progression of downtown is vital to enhancing Amarillo. Sot

" We want to make sure Amarillo is Amarillo.  It's unique and we want to capitalize on that." Downtown Amarillo Inc. Executive Director, Melissa Dailey, tells NewsChannel 10.

Right now, developers want to know what parts of the three plans residents like or dislike. Elements will then be adopted from each plan will be compiled into one strategic plan for Downtown Amarillo.

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