MALTA: Malta residents envision future

Family restaurants, pocket parks, and a movie theater were offered as ideas that could meet that need.

Nolen and others indicated that their idea of a movie theater is not a mammoth place with a dozen selections, but instead something more along the lines of The Spectrum in Albany.

As for projections of downtown Malta's future, most participants said they envisioned children able to ride bikes along the sidewalks, adults sitting at outdoor cafEs or enjoying a local art gallery, and the historic charm of the area enhanced.

The groups also tackled the issue of preserving the historic Parade Ground and making it a viable and important place.

"People don't realize the significance of the parade ground," said resident Donald Harris. "It has national and international significance. I think the history of the Parade Ground is lost."

Irwin said a preliminary market analysis will be completed next month followed by a draft plan in August. A second community workshop will be held in September, after which the board will be presented with a final plan.

"The more the merrier," said Irwin about community involvement in this process. "The smarter you can make us about where you want to go, the better job we'll do."

Funding for the plan will be provided in the form of a grant from the state Quality Communities Program. The $50,000 grant requires a partial town match of $12,000 for a total project cost of $62,000.""

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