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Hancock development

To the editor:

Regarding Tuesday’s article, “Hancock considers using land for business, technology park” it seems like the city of Hancock should worry less about developing forest land on the outskirts of town and focus, instead, on renovating the abandoned spaces in downtown Hancock.

There are great spaces downtown that would qualify for grants through the U.S. Economic Development Administration. When our family is sledding at the old Hancock Central High School building, the beauty of the scene is jarring.

It is so sad that the historical city center in the copper country appears to have been abandoned, especially a location with so much potential for a pedestrian-centered mixed-use space. Hancock’s city council and downtown development authority should not lose track of the historical and economic importance of the city of Hancock. Tourists don’t want to see vacant store fronts. Let’s do the right thing.