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Dothan planners OK plan for downtown

DOTHAN (AP) — Dothan’s planning commission has approved a master plan for downtown that could make it more pedestrian-friendly.

It also would add green space as well as a parking structure. Zoning overlay districts, creating a town square and improving crosswalks were other recommendations approved Wednes-day.

The plan was presented to the Dothan City Commission in May by consulting firm HNTB. Consultants worked on the plan for about 11 months and were paid $115,000.

Planning Director Todd McDonald said the plan now goes back to the City Commission for its consideration.

“This is a living document,” he said. “There’s no reason it can’t be changed, and it will be changed.”

Planning commission member James Wilson said he worries the document could become another master plan that never gets implemented.

Wilson said the city has to balance the cost of certain projects against what’s in the public’s best interest.

The plan recommends the city focus on core areas one at a time with top priority being the Foster Street area between Troy and Main streets and the Dixie Depot area near St. Andrews and Powell streets.

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