HUMBOLDT - Downtown Humboldt has a new spot along its main street that will soon be ready for hosting entertainment, special events or be just a place to stop and rest.
The Downtown Plaza has been in the works for more than two years, Humboldt City Administrator Aaron Burnett said. It takes the place of three buildings previously located in the space which were deteriorating and had been condemned.
"We knew we wanted to do something with these buildings once the city was able to acquire them from the owners," said Burnett. "We knew we wanted to demolish the buildings and put up some type of plaza or park, but it took a long time to finally get to this point."
Demolition on the buildings began in May and the area has since been transformed into an open space with walkways, bicycle racks, landscaping and a statue which was once a fountain in Taft Park. Benches with memorial plaques will soon be installed to complete the area's new look. The rear area of the plaza will be a greenspace with room for development in the future.
Burnett said the city hopes to use the plaza to host special events such as the farmers market and Spring on The Green, in the future.
"There is a lot of opportunity there for special events, or even just as a place for people to stop and relax," he said. "It's in a great location near the library and West Fork Services."
The plaza replaces a park that was located in downtown Humboldt for many years, but was sold for a new business to be built.
"The nice thing about the design of the plaza is that it does have the same premise as the park where the new building went up did," said Burnett. "The back area of the plaza could be developed, and we welcome new developments in Humboldt, but the front area will always be a plaza. that we will be able to keep landscaped."
Burnett said the plaza has been a welcome addition to the community's downtown.
"The comments we have received have been great," he said. "The business owners nearby really like it and how things have turned out. I think it may have been hard at first to conceive how things were going to look with the buildings down."