Bay Street plan promising, but...

By our count, last week’s report by Seattle consultant EDAW on how to revitalize downtown Port Orchard is the fourth or fifth such plan the community has seen in the past 10 years.

And if any of the previous plans had been taken seriously, we wouldn’t have needed the most recent effort.

The point is, plans and pretty pictures are all well and good, but good intentions can’t replace cold, hard cash in this process.

The authors of the study identified a number of public sources of development capital, but when you get right down to it, Bay Street’s building owners will still have to make a hefty investment in their own properties with the expectation that doing so will have long-term benefits to their own bottom line, as well as the welfare of the community.

That’s always been the stumbling block before. It remains to be seen whether anything will change this time around.

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