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Marin County, CA November 3, 2009 Election
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Downtown Revitalization

By Pat Eklund

Candidate for Council Member; City of Novato

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We have renovated Grant Avenue, created a facade improvement program, working to restore the Novato theater and bringing a bookstore, more restaurants and shopping choices including an anchor store to our Downtown area
I am very excited about the renovation and the revitalization of our Downtown. Our downtown is one of the ways that we define our community character and as such, it is very important that the downtown acts as an economic, social, civic, and recreational hub.

In 2004, Novato completed the restoration of Grant Avenue, which eliminated the crown in the street, re-built our sidewalks and corrected drainage problems - resulting in a $10.5 million beautification project and a community investment that is the largest capital improvement project in Novato. Currently, we are investing in a fašade improvement program to help our downtown businesses.

There are some catalyst projects that will help continue the downtown revitalization that is in the works: the renovation of Novato's icon - our historic church which will be the future home for community events and the Council Chambers; the rebuilding of the old train depot; construction of the Whole Foods Project; and the renovation of the Novato Theater.

We need to continue to bring high quality, diverse businesses and entertainment venues to our downtown, including a bookstore, restaurants, and other retail businesses. I am fully committed to making our downtown lively, prosperous and truly the heart of the Novato community.

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