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Town design is a go

By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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The face of downtown Loomis is scheduled for change. The Town of Loomis has approved the elements and parking lot design for the new depot park and has approved the design components for the Loomis Town Center Implementation Plan. The depot park was designed by Omni-Means, while another consultant, MIG, created the downtown plan, which will become a part of the General Plan. “I’m excited about the park project, “ said Brian Fragiao, town engineer. According to Fragiao, Omni-Means is completing the park design and the contractor could be chosen and ready to break ground by November. Depending on weather, the park should only take 60-90 days to complete. Council has approved the design for the parking lot portion of the park and has agreed the park will include: covered picnic area, tot lot, water feature, restrooms, skate/plaza and lawn. Perry Beck, town manager, said the state is funding $220,000 of the park through the Bond Act of 2000 and the town will pay $200,000. The town center plan, on the other hand, has no funding for construction, but Fragiao said the town wants to have “shovel ready” projects that can be started quickly if funding becomes available. Beck said, “The goal of the town center plan is to create a vibrant downtown where people want to be, while maintaining the rural character of Loomis.” Beck said the plan would take about 20 years to complete. He said work would be done as funds from the state or federal government, or in the form of grants become available. The cost to complete all of the projects included in the plan is estimated to be $12 million. Those plans include gateways at the entry points to Loomis, designated areas for bikes, sidewalks and pathways, landscaping, lighting and signage.