City officials pleased with public input regarding interchange development

YORK — City officials were pleased with last week’s public input and interest into the future development of the interchange area at York.

On Wednesday, Jan. 31, the public was invited to the Holthus Convention Center to see preliminary ideas regarding the extension of the trail system to the busy interchange area, as well as the possible location of a pedestrian bridge over Highway 81. Also included in the preliminary discussions was the zoning allowances/placement of apartment buildings and other multi-family residential projects, as well as new hotels, light industrial businesses and more.

The purpose of the event was to garner public input, as this process will be lengthy.

All of this is being made possible thanks to a multi-million-dollar grant the city received last year.

On Thursday, Feb. 1, the York City Council met and York City Administrator Sue Crawford told members she appreciated their work “on what this might look like.” The council members participated in an hours-long session, prior to the public meeting, brainstorming ideas about what all this future development might look like.

“As we know, this was just a visionary project to get started, to prepare for the future,” Crawford said. “We had at least 125 people from the community attend and Olssons (project manager) will compile those ideas from the public and report back to us what people said, suggested and asked.”

“It was a great start and there will be many, many more sessions,” Mayor Barry Redfern. “And I guess we can say this is a start to the 2026 comprehensive plan update. This major project is underway.”

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