Saturday, November 01, 2014

A bright future

1/15/2014

During the past few months, our little town of Ottawa has discovered one of our businesses — the Plaza Cinema — has national historical significance. Our research shows the cinema is the oldest of its kind in the nation, perhaps even the world. While architecturally it does not show history as well as many of our beautiful downtown buildings, it could very well be the vehicle used to share our other treasures with the world.

In the next few months, a plan will be presented to the people of Ottawa. This is a plan to develop tourism as a major industry in our town. The beauty of the plan doesn’t call for new buildings, but the preservation and use of the ones we have. This plan will bring our retailers more customers, our restaurants more sales, our antique stores more traffic, our thespians more opportunities to act, and residents an added form of transportation, and to us all just another reason to love working and living in Ottawa.

During the past few months, our little town of Ottawa has discovered one of our businesses — the Plaza Cinema — has national historical significance. Our research shows the cinema is the oldest of its kind in the nation, perhaps even the world. While architecturally it does not show history as well as many of our beautiful downtown buildings, it could very well be the vehicle used to share our other treasures with the world.

In the next few months, a plan will be presented to the people of Ottawa. This is a plan to develop tourism as a major industry in our town. The beauty of the plan doesn’t call for new buildings, but the preservation and use of the ones we have. This plan will bring our retailers more customers, our restaurants more sales, our antique stores more traffic, our thespians more opportunities to act, and residents an added form of transportation, and to us all just another reason to love working and living in Ottawa.

We had a recent visit with a special lady who was a leader in the Kansas Speedway development in Kansas City, Kan. She heard about our story and came to tour our downtown area. At the end of the visit, she said “This project and vision has merit!”

Thank you to The Ottawa Herald, Kansas City Star, Franklin County Historical Society, Franklin County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Zarco and Ottawa Main Street Association for your unwavering faith, and, of course, the City of Ottawa staff for being so open and available to discuss these potential opportunities.

 

— Peach Madl,

Plaza Cinema Team

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