5 proposed Marysville commercial districts
1. Historic downtown: Historic Downtown already shows signs of some upgraded infrastructure on D Street. “This district represents the most recognizable example of the notion of promoting our indigenous assets – in this case, its heritage,” according to the city manager.
2. Highway 70/E Street Corridor: The Highway 70/E Street Corridor represents “a prime commercial district in search of a clear identity.” The strip provides high daily traffic counts and caters to motorists and drive-through consumers. “Their retail demands are much more limited than is true of shoppers in the Historic District.”
3. Hospital District: A hospital “medical arts” district revolving around the expanding Rideout Regional Medical Center should be able to “draw allied businesses,” including “all-new segments of the health care industry. Respite care and spas, assisted living and retirement homes, medical research and pharmacology-related businesses are among these. “One can even imagine new higher-end residential construction taking place.” Munchheimer suggests.
4. Ellis Lake: The Ellis Lake area represents Marysville’s future prime commercial and residential property, according to the city manager's vision. It enjoys high traffic counts without the conflict with pedestrians seen in other commercial areas. The area features “older, down-market service businesses like tire and muffler shops, inexpensive variety stores and vintage motor courts – land uses that we would not typically recommend for prime commercial areas.”
5. River District: A River District is part of Munchheimer's long-range vision for Marysville's future. Rivers are the “biggest underutilized asset of the city, “ he says, and “a legitimate target of opportunity.” Potential for future recreation-related commerce will rely on future, costly improvements.