Glewen Weighs In On Revitalization Study

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen says a recent revitalization study of the downtown should lead to tangible change. Over the summer the Common Council hired MKM Architecture and Design of Fort Wayne, Indiana to offer a different perspective on the downtown revitalization area which is bordered by Mill, Vita, Maple and Beaver streets. Earlier this month the council was presented with a three-dimensional rendering that offers a walk-through of the re-envisioned downtown. Glewen says there have been past studies on how to revamp the downtown but nothing much came of them. She says in order to change that an action plan must be put in place. Glewen says the goal is to tackle each issue in zones over a two-to-three-year period, starting with Front and South Spring Street. Glewen says year-two developments will focus on addressing areas along the Beaver Dam River. A plan committee that consists of several local business leaders and property owners was established to offer insight and suggestions during the early phases of the project. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Glewen told us the committee plays an important role in a strong community. She says it is more important than ever to have a vital and vibrant community center. Sculptures, planters, walking paths, benches, ornate archways, a kayak launch, and an installation of a waterfall at the corner of Front and Center were a few of the features recommended in the study. A public presentation will be held at the city’s February 5th common council meeting if people are interested in learning more about the project.