Revitalizing Columbia’S Main Street

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Revitalizing Columbia’S Main Street

  1. 1. Revitalizing Columbia’s Main Street Can you dig it?
  2. 2. Streetscape Project <ul><li>Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Replace decaying infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the aesthetics of Columbia’s principal business district </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce traffic speeds through city core </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage more pedestrian activity </li></ul><ul><li>Increase pedestrian safety </li></ul><ul><li>Increase ambient lighting </li></ul><ul><li>Support reinvestment on Main Street </li></ul>
  3. 3. Streetscape Project <ul><li>Project History </li></ul><ul><ul><li>July 2005 Applied for funding (Phase I) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aug. 2006 Funds allocated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>March 2007 Began meetings with CPC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dec. 2007 City Council decided lights style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>April 2008 Preliminary plans due </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May 2008 Applied for funding (Phase II) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Submitted design to IDOT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dec. 2008 IDOT approved design </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Streetscape Project <ul><li>Civic Progress Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Public Hearing – March 10, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Results </li></ul><ul><li>Approved the Conceptual Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Asked for additional review of parking requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Okayed proceeding with construction </li></ul><ul><li>Endorsed applying for additional funding </li></ul>
  5. 5. Streetscape Project Project Scope: 11 blocks – from Whiteside to Madison
  6. 6. Streetscape Project <ul><li>Project Scope </li></ul><ul><li>New curb, gutter and sidewalk </li></ul><ul><li>Stamped concrete edging along curb </li></ul><ul><li>Stamped brick crosswalk </li></ul><ul><li>Street trees every 50-100 feet </li></ul><ul><li>Ornamental lights every 50-100 feet </li></ul><ul><li>Pedestrian bump-outs </li></ul>
  7. 7. Streetscape Project View when completed – looking north from Cherry & Main
  8. 8. Streetscape Project
  9. 9. Streetscape Project <ul><li>Project Team </li></ul><ul><li>City of Columbia </li></ul><ul><li>Illinois Department of Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Oates & Associates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lead consulting engineer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BRiC Partnership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Electrical engineer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lewisites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Landscape architects </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Streetscape Project <ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>A moving target </li></ul><ul><li>Initial grant from Illinois Department of Transportation (ITEP) </li></ul><ul><li>Additional funds requested from ITEP </li></ul><ul><li>American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (‘Stimulus’) funding </li></ul>
  11. 11. Streetscape Project <ul><li>Community Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Keep public apprised of progress </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate, communicate, communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Mitigate negative impacts to Main Street property owners, merchants </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage reinvestment, renovation during and after construction </li></ul>
  12. 12. Streetscape Project <ul><li>Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Public forums </li></ul><ul><li>One-on-one meetings with business and property owners </li></ul><ul><li>Press releases </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Direct phone access to contractor </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter feed </li></ul>
  13. 13. Streetscape Project <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>

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