Knox Downtown Revitalization Public Hearing Tonight

Everett's Drug Store/old movie theatre

A public hearing will be held tonight from 5:00-6:30 p.m. CT at the Knox Community Center to discuss the condition of downtown Knox.

The hearing was called by Mayor Rick Chambers in response to an appearance by Gene Blastic before the City Council who represented the Starke County Economic Development Foundation. Blastic detailed options for the 114-year-old building that houses the offices of the Development Foundation. It was built in 1897 to house a drug store. More recently, there was an attempt to open a movie theater in the corner building that is located at the intersection Lake and Main Streets.

Blastic said the building might be rehabilitated or it might be demolished.

In the course of Blastic’s presentation, he suggested the City and the Development Foundation form a partnership to consider a Master Plan for downtown Knox.

The initial meeting will include the Downtown Redevelopment Committee, city officials, and others in the community who might be interested in helping to craft that plan.