I once heard Mayor Riley of Charleston, S.C. say that downtowns are like family heirlooms: Delicate in their nature, they must be nurtured. I believe his is correct in his assessment. I believe it is the spirit and goal of this community to have a prosperous central business district and to nurture this heirloom entrusted to us to preserve for future generations. In order to achieve this goal, vision and leadership must step forward.
For years, the issue of filling the Hub property, which consists of approximately 80,000 square feet resting on 26,000 square feet of prime real estate on the main corner of downtown has been a task of dedicated citizens interested in our community. They have been encouraged to continue their efforts by elected commissioners as demonstrated by the city purchase of adjacent property to its present Third and Walnut streets lot, in order to allow for the building of a parking structure. The City Commission has known that Julie Wagner of the Heart of Danville has worked for years to bring grant money to this project. Now, it is time to step forward with the leadership and vision elected officials must have in order to justify our confidence.