Speech to Text for Grants Pass Citizens Express Concerns, Suggestions, Support to Alley Beatification Project
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today the cice nats : "old town antique mall." janice munro says having an upgraded alleyway sounds like a good ideabut is worried about some of the design compo nentsmainlythe brick wall gates that would be added to her alley, and how loiterers would use it. janice says, ""i worry that whoever is designing it needs to live and breathe next to it for a little while because right now it's got hiding abilities behind the brick. they will scale that brick wall, they will sit on the brick wall, and use that brick wall to get on my roof." the gates would close at nightsomething janice says she supports janice says, "there are some downside but they're fixable, doable. i like the idea but it needs to be seeable so a police officer going by i can see if people are back there when they shouldn't be." down the street you find "j austin and co," a jewelry company. the owner is looking forward to the idea of a beautified alley. mark says, "anything that upgrades to the outside or improves the quality of grants pass is always good for business because you want the quality of the clientele walking around to be to be nice. you want it to be good so when there's more activities that are nicer looking obviously it's a positive impact." on the other side of the alley is king jewelers. the owner of that store says he's excited about the planbut worries they'll create a "camping atmosphere" for transient people. nick says, "the gates that close could create almost to camp atmosphere for people that are looking for someplace to camp for the night so just be cautious of that i guess as long as it's locked but up well enough and there's people checking in on it it shouldn't be a problem." dozens of people attended a tour of the alleyways todayand some stayed for a public meeting about the plan. it's unclear who will pay for the project right now, since this is all in the very prelimary stages. but it's a project that is seeing a support from businesses near the alleys. janice says, "it's a pretty garden that's what it's meant to be butt to i just don't want it to be too accessible to people hiding that's all i worry about." in grants pass rachel tiede, nw12.