Raton meeting set to discuss Community Master Plan

RATON – How do you envision downtown Raton? Come share your ideas during a community meeting Monday (June 8) 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Raton City Commission Chambers, 224 Savage Ave., Raton.

The City of Raton, Raton MainStreet/Arts and Cultural District invite the public to help develop ideas for the revitalization of downtown Raton.

According to a press release from Brenda Ferri, executive director of Raton MainStreet, downtown’s wealth of assets include its concentration of historic buildings; its railroad history; major employers; existing and planned public street-scape investments; its Arts and Cultural District; and its active and engaged MainStreet organization. At the same time, there are opportunities to build on these assets to improve the local economy through downtown revitalization.

The City and Raton MainStreet have secured funding for improvements to the Shuler Theater, a multimodal center near the railroad depot and a Great Blocks Project on 1st Street. The downtown plan will include these high priority projects and identify others that can sustain the momentum for revitalizing downtown. The plan will consider designation of downtown as a Metropolitan Redevelopment Area, a tool that has been used successfully in other New Mexico communities to support redevelopment projects.

Information from current projects will be displayed during the Open House segment of the meeting. The Open House will be followed by a formal presentation and public work session to discuss opportunities for further downtown improvements. Representatives from the City, Raton MainStreet and the planning team for this master plan will be available to discuss the plan, get your ideas and comments, and answer questions.

For more information, please contact Brenda Ferri, Raton MainStreet, at 575-445-2052.

— Staff Report