Downtown St. Joe dreaming

Shoppers walk through downtown St. Joseph earlier this year. A developing master plan, which will be available at an open house Wednesday, envisions future development, parking structures and other changes for the near and far future.

ST. JOSEPH — A vision for what downtown St. Joseph could look like decades down the road – from pedestrian plazas to parking garages – was reviewed by the master plan steering committee Wednesday, ahead of a public open house scheduled for next week.

John Houseal, a St. Joseph native and urban planner with Houseal Lavigne, went over the details of the proposals that have been 18 months in the making. The steering committee is made up of representatives from the city commission, zoning board of appeals, planning commission, downtown development authority, St. Joseph Today, parks advisory board, and residents.