Downtown square project could create new opportunities for Dickinson


Downtown Dickinson seeks public input on the proposed Downtown Square Project.

Back in May, Dickinson’s Downtown Association received $100,000 from the city to get the wheels in motion on the proposed project.

” It’s about making the downtown vibrant, creating reasons why people should come downtown and enjoy themselves,” said  Shawn Kessel, Dickinson City Administrator

However, the association wanted to get the public’s input on what the square should look like before embarking on fundraising campaigns.

“The heart of every city in my opinion is downtown, so I think it would be a great benefit for us,as well as, other businesses in the downtown area,” said  MIke Riesinger, owner of Brickhouse Grille.

However, some people are concerned about  parking. Is there there going to be enough parking and is it going to impact local businesses

“”Well, as a former business owner downtown and also as a resident I have a main concern about parking. We really need parking downtown,” said Brenda Shoemaker.

Kessel said the “vast majority” of the time, parking isn’t an issue in the downtown area.

However, three buildings would have to be removed for the new town square.

Rosie Decker, owner of Special Occasions,thinks a new town square would be great for the area, even though she would have to relocate, because her building is in the site’s path.

“There is alot of events in Dickinson that could benefit from a larger space. Farmers Markets . . .  First on First,” said Kessel

The project is estimated to cost between $7 and $9 million dollars, but the project is still in the early stages of public discussion.

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