Clipped From The Newark Advocate
McClain Plan extends from Chamber to The Works BY KENT MALLETT Advocate Reporter NEWARK Visitors entering downtown Newark using the ' new Ohio 16 exit ramp should see appealing developments and landscaping, then an attractive streetscape all the way to The Works museum. That's part of the vision of developer developer Jerry McClain, who also suggests roundabouts on the Licking County Courthouse Square and a restoration and redevelopment redevelopment of northwest Park Place buildings. , : McClain, who spent $3 million to buy 14 properties and demolish demolish old, dilapidated buildings along Locust Street, wants' to fi-' fi-' fi-' nally accomplish many of the downtown objectives discussed in meetingsjfor more than 20 years. . , "It's going to take a lot of time, planning and money, but not as much time as we think if everybody takes a piece of it," McClain said. "I think, within five years, we could have something something in downtown Newark that would be out of this world." McClain encouraged more than 50: Jocal leaders in a Thursday' meeting at The Works to take advantage of the opportunity presented by the revamped downtown interchange interchange to show off the city's center. ' He asked Mayor Bob Diebold and the city administration, the county commissioners and local property owners to join in the effort. effort. The group at The Works included included developers, engineers, planners, business and government government leaders. "I think there's a lot of people people in this room that would help'VIcClain said. "The thing that concerns me is, after this meeting, what are we going to do?", I 1 DOWNTOWN, 4B pursues - Jerry McClain pitches his idea for :-, :-, :-, -- -- '- '- a " ;, W"1 ': , .-.- .-.- .-.- i' ! : s - .! - f-y f-y f-y - ' :- :- r ! I I 7 m is downtown vision downtown Newark's development Matthew Berry, The Advocate Thursday afternoon at The Works.