Mayor John W.D. Bowling seems determined to do everything he can to undermine improvement efforts in downtown Danville.
Earlier this summer, he engineered funding cuts for the Heart of Danville, the local agency that has worked diligently for the redevelopment of the Hub-Gilcher property and for the preservation and development of downtown as a whole.
This week, he took another shot at downtown development efforts. He proposed at a City Commission meeting Monday that $99,000 set aside for downtown improvements should be used instead to help pay for a new fire station on Danville Bypass.
The $99,000 was to be used as the local match for a $400,000 grant to improve sidewalks on the east end of Main Street in front of Burke's Bakery and SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and to replace sidewalks that will be destroyed during construction of a parking garage on Third Street.