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El Centro has plans for Downtown

(El Centro recognizes the importance of its Downtown area)…That is what the City says in an open letter to the public.

The letter says the Downtown is the cultural heart of El Centro, with a distinct commercial area that has a rich history. The letter says the City has listened to residents and they are making exciting changes that will benefit new development in the downtown commercial business district. That area is known as the Project Shape area and consists of Main, Broadway and State Streets, from 4th Street to 8th Street. The City says in preparation for new and expanded development, the City Council recently approved; the elimination of the off-street parking space requirements for commercial development, the elimination of the landscaping requirements, and improved changes in the zoning district regulations for different types of use regulations. The changes are available for review on the Cities website,