Monday, October 8 2012, 10:31 PM CDT
Vermilion Riverfront Revitalization
DANVILLE--Currently in the downtown area, it's only the people that drive down a busy section of Gilbert Street that ever get a view of the Vermilion River and the city wants to change that.
Downtown Danville is quite charming in the fall. Just blocks away the leaves are started to turn color along the Vermilion River. Mayor Scott Eisenhauer says if you could bring these two attraction together there would be great economic opportunity.
"One thing I am kind of embarrassed about is we have this gorgeous river running through the city and we haven't taken advantage of it," said Eisenhauer.
Eisenhauer is working with other city officials on a redevelopment project to create easy access between the river and downtown through hiking trails. Putting retail and restaurants along the river is also a possibility as well as other entrainment.
I've always talked about putting a stage on the river and then have an audience sitting hillside looking down on it," said Eisenhauer.
Long-time residents are excited for the development.
"I think it would bring a lot of business and attractions to Danville," said Cindy Rowe.
To make these visions a reality though, the city still has a lot of work to do.
The next step is figuring how much money Danville can put into the project and what kind of role the city will play.
Officials will also start talking with interested developers.
Eisenhauer is very optimistic in the riverfront's future.
"This could look dramatically different and far more pleasing than it is today," said Eisenhauer.
It's Mayor Eisenhauer's hope you'll start to see changes along the riverfront within the next three years.
Reported By Liz Lohuis