City Council held a meeting Monday night with over 100 50th Street business owners to talk about how to ensure current businesses will continue to prosper. They also talked about attracting new businesses.
Currently 50th & University seems to be somewhat of a dividing line. The president of Plains Capital Bank says 50th Street east of University has been ignored, but heading west, everything looks fairly new.
At the meeting, the Council talked about improving landscaping, updating sidewalks and streets, and possibly creating tax incentives for building renovations. We talked to a couple concerned business people at the meeting, regarding east 50th. Plains Capital Bank president, David Seim says the fact that Home Depot is going in at the old Montgomery Ward building should prompt other business owners to realize this area is a viable area for businesses.
Many people say they appreciate the city's proactive approach to keep businesses here.
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"I'm glad city council is showing leadership to say 50th Street is important, businesses along 50th are important and so is developing and continuing to remain viable in terms of businesses already there. That's a good thing for Lubbock," says David Seim, Plains Capital Bank president.
"We'd like the attention and the upkeep and remodeling. We're where people live. It's still very handy to do business on 50th," says Rita Beck, Beck's Pool and Spa.
Mayor Marc McDougal encourages business owners to create a commercial business association... a group which would help address specific issues on 50th Street and who will work closely with the city council.
This may all sound similar to the meeting that was held recently regarding renovating 34th Street. Renovating 34th and 50th Streets is part of the city's master plan and recommendations for both streets are similar. 34th Street now has a business association addressing what they want to do, but City Council has yet to adopt anything for either area.