Developers in Ozark, Illinois have incorporated a historic cemetery into a downtown revitalization project, hoping to create usable open space for the community.
"Bo Hagerman, co-owner of development company Hagerman New Urbanism, envisions a landscaped cemetery with "more of a park and open space feel."
"It's basically an old country cemetery," he said. "We're going to 'nice' it up. We'd like to put landscape around and a fence with wrought iron to give it some mystique."
If done right, City Administrator Collin Quigley believes the cemetery will add historical value to the overall project.
"It could be a really attractive feature. There's a lot of history here." "