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Old 11-05-2013, 06:47 PM
 
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This says that the first phase of construction on the skatepark has begun. I haven't seen anything about this in the media. Since I am not living in Huntington, I can not go and see it for myself. Has construction actually begun?
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:03 PM
 
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I haven't been down there to check. Next time I'm down that way, I'll look and see.

I definitely like much of what I've read so far. It'll be interesting to see if they increase city limits like the map proposes at the end. That increase alone would probably make us the largest city in the state. If they can then properly develop it with new housing, we could reach 55,000-60,000 pretty quickly.

It's so nice to see some forward thinking. Now the key is implementation. This plan can't just sit on a shelf. Mayor Williams getting three terms might just help to make it all happen.
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Old 11-09-2013, 03:05 PM
 
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I must say that I am disappointed with their assessment of the Guyandotte/Altizer neighborhood compared to the others. Everything seemed so optimistic in this Plan except with the exception of that neighborhood. They basically just said. "fill in the empty space and vacant properties." I will say that they mentioned some other improvements, like streetscape improvements, but there could have been more thought put into it. For example, for two neighborhoods to be so close together, Guyandotte and Altizer, they only have one connection, Riverside Drive. Though it is a hilly area, the space inbetween the two behind the alloys plant should really be developed. If they could get someone to build some quality housing there, that might spur some more commercial development, like the grocery store that they mentioned.

I bet that Mr. Simmons (the neighborhood's council member) wasn't too happy with such a bland assessment.

Maybe I am too critical, but the City of Huntington must push itself to see much needed progress.
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:02 PM
 
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I agree. Guyandotte could be something special with all of the history there and the right revitalization efforts. The amount of money required to do it right would be crazy though. Guyandotte needs a Dr. Touma type investor to step up and revitalize things.
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:01 PM
 
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I agree. Guyandotte could be something special with all of the history there and the right revitalization efforts. The amount of money required to do it right would be crazy though. Guyandotte needs a Dr. Touma type investor to step up and revitalize things.
You know, I think that a good start would be to create a decent public park space (Altizer park doesn't count because for all intensive purposes, Altizer and Guyandotte are separate neighborhoods). A small version of Ritter Park would be so nice in the center of the neighborhood or close somewhere on Bridge St close to the Main St. commercial node. It would the neighborhood a recreational outlet as well as a place hold events.

This is where Guyandotte is really lacking, in my opinion.
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Old 11-18-2013, 07:40 PM
 
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I went to a Chat and Chew the other night discussing Plan 2025 and they said that 75% of Huntington is within 1/4 mile of a park. The goal is to make it 100% and from the map, Guyandotte looked like one of the focus areas.
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:23 PM
 
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Comprehensive Plan, Skatepark Approved by Huntington Council | Huntington News

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Earlier in the council meeting, Mayor Steve Williams emphasized that Huntington is a "planned city. It's time we get back to that. We are planning for growth beyond the city's borders" both geographically and population. He stressed, "We want to become the fastest growing city our size in the nation" and to do that "we have to start acting like the exceptional to which we aspire."
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