The proposed resolution offers a written outline for the task force's efforts:
"The primary task of the task force shall be to advise the city commission on appropriate architectural design guidelines for the redevelopment and development of the downtown area."
Such guidelines have been a hot topic in the downtown area in recent years. Developers of a downtown Borders bookstore, for example, originally wanted to build from scratch, but preservation interests sought to retain a former livery stable at the corner of Seventh and New Hampshire streets.
In the end, two walls of the former stable survived.
Today, developers have plans for retail and office space on the former site of a Mercantile Bank branch in the 600 block of Massachusetts. Another plan calls for redevelopment of both sides of New Hampshire Street, from Ninth to 10th streets (excluding the Salvation Army), to provide retail, office and residential space along with a public-private parking garage.