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Revitalization and Development in Downtown Roberta

The City of Roberta has had success with its downtown revitalization program. It all started with planned public investments designed to attract new private interest in the downtown area. The Roberta comprehensive plan (both in 2006 and the 2012 update) highlighted the importance of downtown for retail, commercial and residential development. It included a work activity of identifying funding for both public and private improvements to the downtown, some to be used for grants and loans to support downtown redevelopment efforts. One important step in realizing this vision was the creation of a 5 1/2 acre park to replace the railroad tracks that were the original reason for the City’s existence. The park provides the citizens with a walking trail, benches, lamp posts, a fountain, and a gazebo, all in the center of downtown. Further public investment downtown included the recycling center and civic center, both of which also serve as public meeting facilities, and The Depot, a replica of one that burned in 1950, which now houses the Chamber offices. This planning and supporting public investment has paid off, as several buildings in the downtown have been restored and, recently, a new restaurant opened, Champion’s, named for Roberta McCrary Champion, the town’s namesake, and located in her historic family home.
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