Progress slow on I-20 Corridor Task Force recommendations

Progress slow on I-20 Corridor Task Force recommendations
Longview News-Journal
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POSTED: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 10:14am

Some members of the I-20 Corridor Task Force voiced frustration Thursday that three months after their recommendations were presented to the Longview City council, progress hasn’t come as quickly as they’d hoped.

Robert Crawley, who throughout the 60-day process that ended in July argued the city should put teeth into its ordinances that address dilapidated properties and allow the city more control over the attractiveness of buildings, said Thursday he fears the work might “fade into memory.”

“I think they have grand visions of things that could happen in that area. Right now, I would like to see some small victories. I just don’t know if what they are trying to accomplish is ever going to materialize any time soon,” Crawley said. “One item that was of particular interest to me, and we talked about it at about every meeting, was putting teeth into the city ordinances so they could deal with vacant property owners.”

The task force presented six recommendations to the council aimed at attracting motorists on I-20 to stop in the city and promote what Dean called “organic growth.”

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