Midtown Fort Collins legally ‘blighted’

FORT COLLINS – The Midtown Commercial Corridor Study, conducted for the
Fort Collins Urban Renewal Authority, found a 3.5-mile stretch along
College Avenue meets the legal definition of “blight.”

Midtown runs from Prospect Road to just south of Harmony Road and
includes shopping centers such as Foothills Mall and The Square. State
law says that an area must meet four of 11 criteria to be considered
“blight,” and the study found seven of the criteria present in the area

The study, which can be viewed at
http://www.fcgov.com/business/midtown-study.php, suggests a variety of
changes to improve the aesthetics and physical condition of the Midtown
area. These changes include mall redevelopment and making the area more
pedestrian and vehicle friendly. The city continues to work with
Foothills owner General Growth Properties on its plans for the mall.

An April 20 open house, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Midtown Arts Center,
3750 S. Mason St., will give the public a chance to visit with URA staff
members about the results of the study before it is formally presented
to city council for action.

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