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Wyoming, MI (WZZM) - It will take awhile, but consultants studying Wyoming envision a 28th Street where people walk, shop, dine out and live.

"When we think of 28th Street, Roger's plaza, Wyoming mall, we see opportunity," says consultant Lynee Wells. "We see an area in a holding pattern that has a lot of potential for redevelopment."

The consultants, who began their work 3 years ago, are calling their blueprint for the future "28 West".

The proposal calls for the creation of a walk-able, mixed use downtown district on a crescent road a few hundred feet parallel to 28th street.

"I really like the plan," said Wyoming resident Cindy Burri. "There are a lot of things that have to be worked out, but it's a start. Something has to be done."

The city is shopping this new vision to developers and investors. Deputy City Manager Barb VanDuren says some seem interested.

"It's not a quick process," she says. "It could take 10 years, 20 years, 30 years. But we are starting."

As for what already exists in Wyoming, over time those businesses and buildings would gradually conform to the plan's new look and standards.

"In 1956 this was the place where everyone went," says architect Mark Miller. "There is nothing to say it can't become a place like that again."

Before it's adopted, city government must approve the new building codes and standards in the "28 West" proposal.

There could be some opposition.

"I think it's a nice plan but I just can't pay any higher taxes," said resident Al Palmbos. "I'm a senior citizen on fixed income. I can't pay any higher taxes and I don't see how else it can be done."

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