Downtown Hastings has been an active place for development, but there is plenty of potential for more.
That was the summary of the 111-page Downtown Revitalization Plan from Jay Palu, an architect from the Omaha consulting firm Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture that put the plan together.
Palu, along with Keith Marvin, principal community planner for Marvin Planning Consultants of David City, presented an abbreviated version of the plan Monday night at the regular Hastings City Council meeting.
Hastings received a $40,000 Downtown Revitalization Community Development Block grant in fall 2012 for Phase I of the project, which included planning for the future of downtown. That was done with input from the public and from the Strategic Planning Committee.
The planning committee now will begin work on the Phase II Community Development Block Grant Application for $350,000, which is due March 29. Committee members hope to complete several catalyst projects with priority given to those that will immediately generate substantial private investment.