The town square is a redevelopment project, not a park. As a redevelopment project, it should
contribute to the increase in downtown property values. The square has had several important purposes..providing a place off the street for town events and beautifying the historic downtown. We have a wonderful underused park in Niles that we should take back!! (and demand decent restrooms & restroom maintenance!!)
The inclusion of a water feature in the design of the Niles Square ( the subject of MANY meetings) has been mentioned repeatedly and rejected repeatedly by the MAJORITY of attendees.We had a final plan and then the city changed their stance on moving the train
station which brought up the question of the freight building.
To the folks that participated in this long project, especially those property owners who have sacrificed $$ and lots more to stay in historic Niles..it does not seem reasonable to allow a group
to insert the idea of a water feature once again at this late stage after it has already been discussed many times and rejected. This will only further delay a project that has already taken too long to implement.
One final word..it is easy to gather signatures by asking only one question and giving only one side of the issue. The hard part is participating over the long haul and accepting the decision of the majority of participants on what would be best for the historic downtown area as a whole.