SALINAS, Calif. - As the Main Street Master Plan heads towards completion in Salinas, the city will hold the first of three open houses Wednesday night to discuss the project . The idea is to keep the public and merchants in the know about the three-block, multi million dollar project.
The project is expected to provide a new design and facelift for Oldtown Salinas. Groundbreaking is scheduled for later this fall at the intersection of Alisal and Main Streets.Work on sidewalks and in front of the 100 or so downtown businesses would be held off until after the busy holiday shopping season.
"There's pros and cons. The slower we go, the longer it takes to get done. We need to walk that thin line and walk it with the community instead of imposing it on them. And that's the whole purpose of having these meeting before the design is complete. We will try and win as many hearts as we can." said Don Reynolds.
The master plan calls for two way traffic downtown, as well as converting old lots into housing. The open house will be Wednesday night from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Steinbeck Center in Downtown Salinas.