Keeling Schaefer tasting room

The Keeling Schaefer tasting room will play host to a Downtown Visioning meeting Thursday, Dec. 5, starting at 5 p.m.

WILLCOX — What hopes do you have for the Willcox downtown area?

The community has been invited to a vision meeting Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Keeling Schaefer Vineyards tasting room on Railroad Avenue to discuss the future possibilities of the Willcox downtown area.

Christopher Cody, from Arizona State Historic Preservation, will give a presentation on how the community can deal with improving and protecting historic buildings, grant possibilities and state resources.

Jordan Parrish, business engagement specialist for the city, told the Range News that the City Council will be present and listening to the community’s opinions after Cody’s presentation. Discussion topics include community desires for downtown, finding a balance between historic preservation and community needs, and reviews of other downtown areas around the nation.

“This meeting is really about getting the community together and to discuss the possibility of creating a downtown development committee,” Parrish said. “I know there’s a lot of people that see the potential that Willcox has and it’s a time in Willcox where everybody sees potential and they want to find ways to reach it.”

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