by John Matuszak, Herald Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph residents can get ready to dive into creating a new downtown master plan, and also to provide input into development of the waterfront.

On Monday, city commissioners approved hiring Houseal Lavigne Associates, of Chicago, to head the drafting of a development plan for the central district.

The director of the firm is St. Joseph native John Houseal, a graduate of Lake Michigan Catholic High School who still has family in the community.