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January 21, 2014

Editorial: Green space may lure westside investment

When entrepreneurs locate a new business in an area, they look at certain qualities including amenities, potential customers and the attractiveness of a community.

That’s why it’s so important for various sections of Anderson to look inviting to investors.

So good news is planned for the city’s westside area around the former Edgewood Plaza shopping center. The Anderson Redevelopment Commission is hoping to plan a gateway near the property, which is now owned by the commission.

The intent is to turn the spot into attractive green space until the site is developed. The work is to include lighting and signage.

The paved parking lot in front of the former Edginn restaurant will be removed. Paths will be by wild flowers.

The proposal shows the city does care about sprucing up areas in need of economic development.

But Greg Winkler, interim director of the Anderson Economic Development Department, acknowledged a hopeful reality that the plan is an “interim fix” until the site can bring in new businesses. As the cycle of business relocation filters through the years, it is not a far-fetched prospect.

There are viable opportunities to develop that area, once again, into profitable enterprises. That area is hungry for development.

And green space may just be the type of amenity that draws in business owners.

In summary Business owners look at the amenities that a community offers, and green space on the city's west side may spur development.

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