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Reworking Downtown Ashland

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Tue, May 1 2012 at 5:57 PM, Updated: Tue, May 1 2012 at 6:23 PM

From the plaza to shops and sidewalks around it. One councilman says it's fallen into disrepair and wants it fixed.


the city council will discuss tonight whether or not they want to spruce up down town Ashland or do a complete overhaul.
From the top of Alex's restaurant in the heart of Lithia plaza, a glance down at the hustle and bustle through the plaza doesn't bring up any red flags.but. for one councilman. city  councilman, Greg Lemhouse hopes to raise the bar on the downtown appeal, not to mess with the historic nature but to invest in making it  cleaner. David gray makes it to Ashland about twice a month to enjoy the scenery. while he doesn't mind the current condition of the Ashland plaza, he does think it be could be kept up better. aside from the patchy grass, gum littered ground and holes in various places, it looks pretty good compared to other parts of main street.right across the street, construction crews have blocked off parts of the road and side walk with a chain link fence  while several buildings are being repaired following a fire last month.while they work, Lemhouse says he's working on the idea of totally revamping down town as a whole but because of the cost to do so, and the sensitive historical culture, public input would be a must.tonight, the city council will introduce the thought, for now the fate of plaza is an unknown. The plaza is a public space and the council meetings are also public. The city of Ashland plans to take public comment on future changes would look like if there are any at all

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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

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