Downtown Master Plan Beginning

Follow this link to the New Downtown Master Plan Website

Role of the Downtown Advisory Committee

The City of Carbondale is embarking on a project to develop a Downtown Master Plan. The principal roles of the Downtown Master Plan Advisory Committee (DAC) are to give overall guidance to the process and to assure ample public participation in the development of the Downtown Master Plan (the Downtown Plan). The majority of the work to prepare the Downtown Plan will be done by a consulting firm and its subcontractors hired by the City. City staff will provide two different kinds of support. The first is gathering technical information to help the consultant. The second is to provide technical information, advice and staff assistance to the Advisory Committee. read more.....


 Notes from the Chair

The committee is up and running and we will soon begin a series of public meetings that will include an opportunity for everyone to provide good ideas for consideration. The downtown is currently not inviting, lacks a cohesive character, and needs direction. That's where you come in. This is your opportunity to give us your input and we are waiting to hear from you! Send your ideas to

In the future, you will find notices of upcoming meetings, minutes and related announcements. Check in with the site to get current with our progress.

Jack Langowski, Chair, DAC

Maps and Aerial Photos of Downtown Development

Look at detailed development of Downtown Carbondale with the use of Aerial Photos and Sanborn Maps. the Tax Increment Financing Districts 1 & 2 are shown.

History of the Railroad and its effects on the Downtown

Recollections from former City Manager, Jeff Doherty, commentary from Mary Rae McPherson along with photos of the Railway development in Carbondale. Photo Courtesy of SIU Morris Library.

Photo Gallery of Downtown

These photographs of businesses and scenes along Illinois and University Avenue were made in July of 2014. (Photo Gallery to the Right)

Many of the photos evoke the glamorous postcards of the 1930s and 1940s when travelers wrote home about their exciting trips. Of course, the photos were highly selective, emphasizing the beauty and robust enterprises of the towns while leaving aside the problems faced by the residents.

However, idealized images give us a lens to view the downtown and imagine what it can be.

It was the hard work and imagination of the business owners, governmental bodies and citizen’s groups who made these individual buildings and streetscapes as handsome – or as eccentric - as they appear. And they will be the leaders in the effort to enhance and revitalize our Downtown.

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DAC - Downtown Advisory Committee

The following citizens make up the Downtown Advisory Committee. Biographies with a photo on each committee member can be accessed here.

Agenda and Archived Minutes

Access the current agenda as well as previous meetings and minutes.

Areas Of Focused Interest

The following are areas that will be featured in the dowtown meetings discussions to include selected commentary from the public as well as the results of each meeting.

Proposed Meeting Schedule of the Downtown Advisory Committee

Resource Links

Interim Report Compiling the Results of meetings of the Downtown Advisory Committee

Request for Qualifications

Downtown Development Plan (pdf)
Downtown Hotel Feasibility Report (pdf) 
Downtown Revitalization - (pdf)
     (Excerpts from Comp Plan) 
Downtown Revitalization - (pdf)
     (One Main Review)
Carbondale Comprehensive Plan - (pdf)

Photo Galleries Copyright© D. Gorton and SIU Morris Library

Photo Gallery

Historic Store Front Downtown

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