Downtown Circus - Part I

By: Lori Mitchell
By: Lori Mitchell

Millions of dollars of new construction projects are taking shape in Bowling Green's core, its downtown. One of the focuses of construction is to ensure that most of the money goes into making downtown a nicer place to live and work.

"Ultimately, what we want is a 24-hour downtown. We want people to live there, to work there, to shop there."

The push for downtown redevelopment began several years ago. Mayor Elaine Walker says she felt the city needed something to set itself apart.

"I love Scottsville Road. I love the retail. I love the restaurants. But you can pick up Scottsville Road and virtually put it in any city in the United States. You can not replicate our downtown. It is unique. It is Bowling Green."

In 2001, board members developed a master plan that included areas stretching from the river to the hill and the railroad to the bypass.
DRA Executive Director Cheryl Blaine recently unveiled long-awaited plans for circus square that will sprawl over the downtown area.
A district complete with historic buildings, renovated condos, plenty of green space, shopping, entertainment and restaurants.

"It says who we are, our character and when people come from other parts of the country and see downtown Bowling Green, they see who we are and get a sense of our identity."

City officials believe improvements to downtown will likely be useful tools for bringing new businesses and new residents to the area.
But, they say they'll be selective about who and what they choose to let in.

"We're about to enter a stage that is unique for Bowling Green and that is, we're not going to settle for just anything downtown. We're going to make sure what goes in is what we want. It's the kind of attitude, we are the best community, we deserve the best and that's what we're going to get downtown."

To view the Dowtown Site Options map click here.

And to view the Proposed Redevelopment Area Map click here.


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