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Big plans for Beckley over the next 10 years

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BECKLEY (WVVA) -- Is your city prepared for the future? Beckley is working to be.

City leaders are working with Poggemyer Design Group, out of Michigan, over the next year to develop a new comprehensive plan.  They'll be examining where the city has been, where it's at now, and how it can keep up with the times over the next ten years.

Beyond keeping the city up to speed with state codes, officials and designers hope to implement more technology, plus they have some ideas of their own.

"Housing," says Ann Worley, Beckley councilwoman for Ward 2.  "There's a lot of single people out there that want a one bedroom apartment, and there's nothing much out there, that's really appropriate."

"Looking at certain sections of the city and making them more unique places.  So people know that they've entered maybe a neighborhood or an area and try to give it maybe just a little bit more distinction," says Charlene Kerr with Poggemyer. 

One of the unique areas they're looking to capitalize on is the University District, incorporating UC Beckley into the city.

The committee will be holding public meetings over the next year to finish the plan.

Stay tuned to WVVA for when those meetings will be held.

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