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posted: 6/14/2014 8:00 AM

What do you think about downtown West Dundee?

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West Dundee officials need your help to create a downtown plan that will show them how to revitalize and get the most use out of the area.

There are several ways you can submit your thoughts. The first is through an online survey officials will use to help update the downtown master plan. Officials extended the deadline for filling out the survey to Monday in hopes of getting feedback from people who patronize the downtown but don't necessarily live in the village.

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The second way to share your thoughts is in person at a workshop scheduled 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Emmett's Brewing Company, 128 W. Main St.

If those two venues aren't enough, you can register your comments with the Hitchcock Design Group through the downtown project's website.

There will be additional opportunities for public comment as the process moves forward and officials will announce them as they become available.

Officials won't start making decisions until they've collected the necessary feedback, Village Manager Joseph Cavallaro said.

"An integral part of this evaluation is the needed input from the stakeholders of the downtown and the community," Cavallaro said.

In March, the village hired the Hitchcock Design Group to create a plan that details a strategy for downtown redevelopment.

The plan will guide officials on how best to use other properties, how to make the downtown more cohesive and vibrant and how to draw new users while helping existing ones.

Officials have said the entire process, expected to cost $75,000, could take up to 10 months.

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