By: Jillian Wilson
Folks in Muscatine say there hasn't been growth in the area for years.
That's why city leaders are looking at farmland to move the city forward.
Linda Kelty and Louise Munday have been living in Muscatine for years.
And they both agree business is certainly not booming in Muscatine.
"Every time a new shop opens, we all get excited and then there is not enough traffic and we become discouraged when they close," says Linda Kelty, a Muscatine resident.
That's why city leaders and residents are thinking of ways to change this.
They're proposing a plan to build a connector road from highway 38 to 61.
"We want to try to bring Muscatine up to speed, increase our population, increase the options, the shopping options and the employment options," says Mayor DeWayne Hopkins, Muscatine.
Right now the area is all farmland.
The hope is the new highway would lead to more business including big national chains
"It opens up opportunities for Muscatine to grow in a commercial sense," says Hopkins.
And Louise says that's just what the town needs.
"I want to shop locally, I try to shop locally and sometimes it's very difficult to do that because we don't have those particular companies within our community," says Louise Munday, a Muscatine resident.
But folks like Linda fear the new road would take away from Muscatine's historic, downtown area.
"We need the economic growth, but I don't want to see us sacrifice what we already have in order to gain that," says Kelty.
The plan needs to be approved by city council before anything is set in stone.
The next council meeting will be on Thursday and it's open to the public.