In 2008, the City of Detroit Lakes undertook a Business Corridor Study in response to a major realignment of US Highway 10 through the City’s downtown. The realignment also opened land near downtown, providing an opportunity for redevelopment. To capitalize on this situation, the study provided a vision for future development in the downtown to guide public and private decisions regarding downtown redevelopment. Since the study’s adoption, the City Council, Community Development Department, and private developers have made significant progress, including:
- Property assemblage in the Downtown Redevelopment Area (2007-2009)
- Feasibility study for downtown redevelopment public improvements (2009)
- Demolition of two buildings in the redevelopment area (2010)
- Development of Downtown Crossing, a 24,000 square foot mall in the redevelopment area (2010-2012)
- Downtown Community Park with a Veteran’s Memorial (2009-DATE)
- Constructing and improving downtown parking lots (2011)
Progress towards plan implementation has been rapid. However, it is time to update the plan to reflect those changes that have been spurred by the previous plan, to build upon the past plan’s success, and to focus attention on specific business corridors within the community. For this plan, Detroit Lakes updating the portion of the plan for the West Lake Drive Study Area.
WHAT IS A Business Corridor PLAN?
A Business Corridor Plan describes a desired vision for the future of a specified study area (in this case, West Lake Drive) and provides recommendations to achieve that future. Doing so establishes a framework to ensure incremental policies and decisions help achieve those aspirations over time. More than a snapshot in time, the plan will be a living document, used and updated by decision-makers, property owners, businesses, and residents. The Plan will also coordinate the area’s priorities with general community goals.
WHY PLAN FOR Business Corridors?
- To reinforce community commitment to that area
- To stimulate investment and entrepreneurship
- To attract and retain new business and customers
- To create a competitive advantage
- To celebrate the area’s and city’s history and values
- To provide for necessary infrastructure
- To take action on past efforts