Caruthersville Vision Plan Approved
Caruthersville Vision Plan Approved

The City of Caruthersville is going all-in for downtown revitalization.

During its October 19 meeting, the city council approved a vision plan for reimagining Downtown Caruthersville, as well as an implementation matrix for strategically bringing this vision to life in the short- and long-term.

The plan was facilitated by Memphis design firm A2H – Engineers • Architects • Planners and A2H president Logan Meeks, a Caruthersville native. It was discussed at the meeting that the new vision draws from a number of previous plans done for the City from 2000–2011, as well as community input from BLP (Building Local Prosperity) Meetings hosted by the MU Extension earlier this year.

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“One thing that sets this plan apart from plans that many of us have been a part of in the past is the focus on implementation. This time, it’s not just ideas on paper. We have a strategy for moving forward with funding and prioritizing these projects in the coming years,” says Jana Merideth, chair of the Caruthersville Arts Council. The vision plan was paid for using a placemaking grant that the Caruthersville Arts Council secured in 2019.

The vision plan considers four distinct — but interconnected — themes: Art and Culture, Quality Public Spaces, Community Health, and Downtown Economic Vitality. Plan highlights include:

  • Refreshed City Branding + Enhanced Signage Throughout Downtown
  • Riverfront Park Expansion, to potentially include elements such as:
    • Splash Pad
    • Waterfront Amphitheater
    • New Playground
    • Enhanced Boat Ramp Facilities
    • Extension of Current Trail System
    • Renovation and Activation of the Historic Exchange Building
    • Public Art Installations, especially a mural on the north face of the Exchange Building
    • Identifying and Incentivizing Use of Key Vacant Commercial Lots/Storefronts

The vision plan was presented and unanimously approved by the council last Monday night — and even “enthusiastically approved” by one council member.

A comprehensive summary of the vision plan is anticipated to be released to the public next month.

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