Logan leaders ask public to help develop plan to shape the city’s future
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Leaders in the city of Logan are working on a comprehensive plan that will serve as a roadmap for revitalization.
City officials have hired a consulting team to advise them on and facilitate development across the small town. The project is called “Our Logan Our Future” and looks to help the city reach short-term and long-term goals for the next five to 10 years.
“A comprehensive plan is something that is a huge undertaking and could be beneficial to the city of Logan for years to come,” Mayor Serafino Nolletti said. “Hopefully, it will help bring in more business.”
After completion of the comprehensive plan, Nolletti said the city will explore and adopt appropriate zoning within strategic locations in Logan to attract future business, investment and grant opportunities in the community. He hopes this will provide assurance to existing investments in the community and continue to grow the area.
In order for the city to consider adopting zoning, West Virginia state law requires the city to adopt a comprehensive plan. Nolletti said the city is already discussing what a Zoning Board will look like within the city as part of this project.
The city is paying around $75,000 for this framework to be created, Nolletti said. Logan will then take a number of years to raise the necessary funding to pay for improvements that are recommended. Nolletti said the city is looking at using federal COVID-19 relief funding and applying for grants to cover the costs.
“There are some of these lots where we would like to see green space, park-type area on some of these lots,” Nolletti said about improving the city. “More small boutique stores come into town. Hopefully, that will transpire to things getting back to normal now after our year of the COVID.”
Officials say the comprehensive plan will look at different improvements, tourism, recreation, development, blight, transportation and growth opportunities to stimulate and revitalize Logan’s urban core.
Community members have told city leaders they want to see more stores, restaurants and businesses to provide high-paying jobs. Nolletti said the city is already seeing larger businesses express interest in moving to Logan.
A number of small businesses are already helping with this effort, including Southern Charm Delightful Wears. Owner Stephanie Mullins said her business has more than doubled since opening her store last year. She is currently in the process of expanding into the vacant storefront next door that previously collapsed after years of neglect.
“If you go back and look at pictures anywhere from the 50s to the 80s, you see cars packed on the streets, and my hope is to see that again,” Mullins said. “People bringing their business here to town. Hopefully, we will have to have more parking for customers to come into town and do their business.”
“People are excited to see the town and the county pick up,” Mullins said. “There has been so much loss in the last several years here with the economy, and people are ready to see it pick back up. We are tired of seeing people leave.”
Leaders are asking for feedback from residents and business owners. They are encouraging neighbors to help in the creation of the plan and are holding a number of community meetings and open houses before the plan is finalized later this year. Nolletti said you can expect to see the first changes being made around town early next year.
A summary of community feedback will be posted here.
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