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Iowa City Working On New Downtown Project

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--One Johnson County city is looking to revitalize its downtown district.

Iowa City leaders just unveiled a draft to their new street scape plan.

"I always have loved downtown Iowa City. I just think it's vibrant and cool, so Sandra Navalesi took a big step.

She opened Dulcinea, a women's clothing store in an area she loved.

And seventeen years later that feeling remains.

"It's just interesting and it's fun and great to be a part of a community and you actually feel a part of that community, she said.

A community that's focused on improvement. They just began offering free Wi-Fi on the ped mall this week, and now a new project is brewing.

"We just unveiled a draft of our street scape plan which is about almost a year in the works and what that does is it tries to set a new vision for the downtown area for the next 10 to 15 years, said Geof Fruin, Assistant to the City Manager.

The project looks at how people use the public space, guiding the city on ways to better invest in the downtown area and north side market place.

"It contains many different projects. Some as small as a few hundred dollars and some that will be multi-million dollar projects, said Fruin.

Those projects include making downtown more accessible for pedestrians and bicyclists and even changing city light fixtures to create a different ambience downtown.

Sandra is on board.

"It's time to do more. It's time for it to be redone and I'm really excited and I think they've got some fantastic ideas and I can't wait to see it, she said.

City leaders say they are not committing any funds yet until they know which projects they'd like to prioritize.

Some of the work begins this year but the larger projects are still a year away.

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