architecture students help revitalize downtown David City | Nebraska today
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture and the Southeastern Nebraska Development District are partnering with community members on a plan to revitalize downtown David City.
Students began work on the plan last week, with a trip to David City for a community meeting and visit. Community members were invited to complete a survey to help students better understand downtown needs and community concerns.
“The students of the CRP program will have a great opportunity to learn from this real world planning project and apply their expertise and skills to help the community… ”said Zhenghong Tang, professor and program director of community and regional planning.
Faculty and students will survey community stakeholders, participate in numerous community meetings, conduct surveys and field assessments, and provide planning strategies and recommendations.
“This downtown revitalization plan will be an excellent tool in guiding the city on the right track to potentially ignite the local economy,” said speaker Frank Ordia.
The plan will build on the strengths of David City, Ordia noting that “the number of historic buildings here is the foundation for the re-imagining of David City.”
Community members are enthusiastic about the project.
“We are grateful that SEND and ONE are ready to help our community create a vision for the future of our downtown, ”said Clayton Keller, City Administrator. “David City recently completed a downtown project that met the region’s infrastructure needs. We hope to continue this momentum as we focus on economic and property improvements. “
Mayor Alan Zavodny said: “We look forward to our partnership with SEND and the University of Nebraska for the revitalization of downtown David City. The downtown area of a community like ours is the heart of our community. We are aware of the importance of this business.
The downtown revitalization plan also benefits from the support of local merchants.
“As a longtime resident and business owner in David City, it is exciting to hear about a potential downtown revitalization effort,” said Mike Moravec, Owner and President of Moravec Financial Advisors , Inc. “David City has a lot of positive things going on, and the timing is perfect for a refresh of our downtown. I know the business world will welcome CRP and SENDhelp on this project. It is important to our local economy that our downtown area is an inviting space where people want to dine, shop and do business.