DREAMs for Cape Girardeau

DREAMs for Cape Girardeau
By: Holly Brantley

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - It's more than 200 years old, yet downtown Cape Girardeau remains a work in progress.  It's a work in progress thanks to the Dream Initiative for Downtown Revitalization, a vision for a better Cape Girardeau.
"It's a hard initiative to get your arms around," said Marla Mills of Old Town Cape. "It's not just about dollars, it's important to build a plan."
Mills says they've done a lot of groundwork nearly one year into the three-year program.
Meanwhile, two projects are already in the works.  First, the Fountain Street extension will provide downtown another link with the Emerson Bridge. Second, The Discovery Playhouse will serve children and families.  Missouri Governor Matt Blunt toured the new Playhouse site and spoke at a town hall style meeting.
"I'm very pleased to see you all are making the most of this designation," said Blunt. "So far DREAM's been successful in each of the 10 communities with the designation across the state."
"It's just vital for everything we're trying to do down here," said Mills. "Without DREAM, we wouldn't be able to move forward at this pace."
Cape was the only planned stop for Blunt out of the 10 towns chosen for DREAM.  Old Town Cape directors say they'll be doing a lot of visitor and housing market surveys to help them decide what projects to take on in the next couple of years.