Enrich Marietta gathering public input for future downtown development

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - The city of Marietta and Marietta Main Street are working on a development initiative for the downtown.

The collective project, Enrich Marietta, is launching a campaign to gather public input for future development of the downtown. This could include recommendations for new businesses, ideas for utilizing the river front, parking solutions or ADA accessibility upgrades.

Organizers say it's important the community is a part of shaping the downtown for years to come.

"Every city, every community should have a plan, should have some kind of guidance toward what they want to see in the coming years," Main Street executive director Sam Tuten said, "so for us as Marietta Main Street, we're an arm and helping hand to the city of Marietta."

"We're going to be able to take in their responses and be able to tell what they're doing in the downtown," city development director Andy Coleman said, "what the activities that they're participating in the downtown are, what they're looking for in the downtown and what they see as the priority needs for the downtown."

Main Street will be hosting the first public engagement meetings Friday during its First Friday event downtown at Jeremiah's Coffee House and Marietta Brewery. Residents will be able to ask questions and fill out a survey on the initiative.