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By David Martin

Main Street seeks residents' input


August 9, 2017

A survey recently conducted by Green River Main Street will be discussed during an upcoming meeting Aug. 17, which will give residents a chance to voice their opinions about what they would like the organization to do in Green River.

The meeting will take place at Western Wyoming Community College’s Green River Campus Aug. 17, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Jennie Melvin, the city’s Main Street manager, said the city received more than 160 responses to its survey. Some of those responses highlighted needs residents have identified for years, such as the desire for a second grocery store.

Other suggestions offered by residents include turning the downtown area into a massive strip mall and fixing the dilapidated church on Flaming Gorge Way.

“The city can only do so much with what it has, that’s the reason why we’re reaching out,” Melvin said. “What would make you go downtown?”

For Melvin, the U.P. Depot building would be what she would focus on if Green River Main Street had the budget to renovate it.

She believes the building would create a number of opportunities for businesses, saying the building could host a microbrewery and restaurant, as well as retain businesses and a community space.

Melvin believes the city is in a position to economically take off.

She said the city has the right leadership and residents have more awareness of how important supporting local businesses is to the local economy.

She also said more interest is being shown by developers in downtown properties.

“With a solid plan and a good strategy, we can see things come to fruition in downtown Green River,” Melvin said.


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