Weighing letters of support from community leaders and technical input from engineers against petitions and citizen protests, the Perry City Council voted 3-2 to close a portion of Washington Street so the area could be incorporated into a sprawling downtown lake and park.
David Malcolm, who is with the planning firm of Woods & Partners hired by the city more than a year ago to develop a revitalization plan for Perry’s historic downtown, said the move would not only be a safety enhancement for the lake project, but would also help with water quality and storm water runoff.
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PHOTO: David Malcolm, who is with the firm (Woods & Partners) hired by the city more than year ago to develop a revitalization plan for downtown Perry, explained how removing a portion of Washington Street would improve the design of Rosehead Lake. As Main Street Director Tracey Smith explained, “the engineers came to us with the this suggestion on how we could make this product better.” Main Street representatives said their group fully supported the road closure.