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Block 34 Task Force Presentation (Stillwater City Council Meeting / Jan. 9, 2018)

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Block 34 Task Force presentation to Stillwater City Council on Jan. 9, 2018

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Block 34 Task Force Presentation (Stillwater City Council Meeting / Jan. 9, 2018)

  1. 1. Outline • Introductions & Overview – Jim Beckstrom • Greenspace and Exterior Landscaping – Ariel Ross • Aesthetics, Market Hall & Sculptural Elements – Vicky Berry • Performance Stage & Cultural District Integration – Russ Teubner • Energy Systems – Jim Beckstrom • Funding – Kevin Fowler • Costs and Implementation Recommendation – Jim Beckstrom
  2. 2. Task Force Charge per Resolution No. CC-2017-11 “Be it further resolved, the Task Force is specifically charged with development of an implementation proposal for the Block 34 concept adopted by the Mayor and City council on July 17, 2017. The Specific duties of the Task Force shall be as follows: • Develop a final site plan consistent with the Block 34 conceptual plan adopted July 17, 2017 • Determine the cost of construction and improvements for the final site plan • Promulgate recommendations regarding the financing of construction and improvements for the final site plan The Task Force shall have no other duties.”
  3. 3. The July 17, 2017 adopted Conceptual Plan • Green Space / Landscaping • Market Structure • Hospitality • Performance Stage • Play/Gathering Space • Public Restroom
  4. 4. Task Force Work/Process • Ad Hoc Meetings – Twelve Meetings • Started Sept. 23 • All Open Meetings • All dates and agendas posted • Public Comment Solicited in All Meetings • Town Hall – November 8 – Stillwater Community Center ~ 80 attendees • Resources • Citizens of Stillwater • Previous Studies/Plans/Designs • Local and Regional Subject Matter Experts • City Staff
  5. 5. Vision Provide a public space that captures the cultural heart & soul of our community & region while respecting our rugged spirit of inspiration & inclusivity. Mission To recommend a plan of action to the City Council that results in Block 34 being a community space that is functional, affordable, & sustainable. Values Inspiration, innovation, inclusivity, social responsibility, fiscal responsibility.
  6. 6. Goals for Block 34 • Improve Quality of Life in Stillwater • Enhance Economic Development potential of Stillwater • Form a Visual and functional Connection, a Link, between Main Street and Duck Street • Instill in Citizens a Sense of Pride • Foster Sustainability • Ensure Accessibility for all Citizens • Integrate and Balance Block 34 within the larger Downtown Context • Create a strong Sense of Place, a “Living Room” • Offer Flexibility for a wide variety of Events/Activities • Use Block 34 to “connect the cultural dots” in the Downtown Area
  7. 7. Elements • Green Space • Market Hall • Hospitality • Food Vendors • Performance Stage • Natural Gas • Wind • Solar • Water • Ground Source Systems Energy/Natural Resources
  8. 8. Major Components: • Green Space • Market Hall • Hospitality • Food Vendors • Performance Stage
  9. 9. Comparison to Tulsa’s “Guthrie Green” With far more space to utilize than Guthrie Green, we can create a space that generates even more activity.
  10. 10. Comparison to Tulsa’s “Guthrie Green” “Right-Sized” greenspace. With far more space to utilize than Guthrie Green, we can create a space that generates even more activity.
  11. 11. Green Space The green space will tie it all together, acting as a center for radiating activity. Landscaping and gardens will be utilized to create an inviting and educational space for the people of Stillwater. A water, fire, and wind feature, as well as a geothermal-well field beneath the green will emphasize the energy-state of Oklahoma, sustainability, and an appreciation for the arts.
  12. 12. Natural Play Bringing in natural elements to the environment which promote playfulness among both children and adults while still adding to the aesthetic qualities of the park.
  13. 13. Multiple levels of aesthetic elements to engage the community
  14. 14. Night time is as important as Day time.
  15. 15. Market Hall Large space with two wings with two floors each, room for kiosk/vendor space and educational/cultural space, one or two permanent restaurants, restrooms, and lots of natural light throughout.
  16. 16. Potential Floor Plans
  17. 17. Gateway attractions
  18. 18. Hospitality Two permanent restaurants will serve the function of hospitality. One will be tailored to families and the other to adults.
  19. 19. Food/Vendors Both indoor market and outdoor green & parking spaces will be utilized to bring a variety of vendors to Block 34.
  20. 20. Performance Stage Bringing concerts, outdoor movies, and theater productions, the performance stage will activate the space, bringing visitors multiple times a week.
  21. 21. Sculptural Elements
  22. 22. Integrated Renewable/Natural Gas Energy System • Educational • Economical • Blends form/function • Ground source heat pump / HVAC GSHP Well Observation Cellar with Temp Gauges Artistic Sculpture/Fountains Natural Gas & Water Vertical Wind Turbines Educational Displays of System Performance 90oF In 80oF Out Wind Turbine Performance Display Solar Panels
  23. 23. GSHP well field under construction
  24. 24. Funding of the Project • The committee evaluated various avenues to obtain funding for the project • Likely sources of funding vary by project element (e.g., Market Hall vs. Performance Stage) • Likely sources of funding also vary by project phase Operational Phase Building Phase Planning Phase
  25. 25. Funding of the Project Likely sources of funding for Planning Phase: • City of Stillwater • Grants: • Associated with place making and art initiatives • Associated with smart energy initiatives
  26. 26. Funding of the Project Likely sources of funding for Building Phase: • TIF (ad valorum and/or sales tax) • Grants: • Associated with place making and art initiatives • Associated with smart energy initiatives • Funding accessible via Innovation Pointe • Philanthropic sources • Private Equity from individuals or organizations • Traditional Debt (assoc. w/ revenue generating elements)
  27. 27. Funding of the Project Likely sources of funding for Operational Phase: • Income from lease/rental of Market Hall space • Venue Rental • Sales tax from on-block activities • Visit Stillwater and others • In Kind • Grants and Philanthropy
  28. 28. Element Order of Magnitude Cost (Range) Recommended Planning Funding/Finance Alternatives Recommended Building Finance Alternatives Recommended Operational Funding Alternatives Market Hall Structure $4 - $8 Million City of Stillwater SUA Grants Philanthropy Philanthropy Traditional Debt Commercial City of Stillwater Philanthropy Grants Market Hall Hospitality Private Build Out Private Equity Commercial Market Hall Energy/ HVAC System $1 - $2 Million SUA SUA Performance Stage $0.5 – $2 Million Philanthropy Grants City of Stillwater Philanthropy Grants Landscaping / Play Space $0.5 - $1 Million Philanthropy Other Support Infrastructure $0.5 - $1 Million Philanthropy City of Stillwater SUA Programming City of Stillwater Philanthropy Grants
  29. 29. Implementation Recommendation (Our “Asks”) • To approve and/or amend the Task Force’s work to date • An expansion of the Task Force’s charge: • To allow the current members to continue as a Task Force and propose implementation plan • To fund the Task Force activities as appropriate • To devote City staff to support Task Force efforts and explore future operational structures • To propose and execute an RFQ/RFP process to select an architectural firm to take the conceptual plan from design to construction documents • To create a “pitch book” for the purpose of recruiting hospitality vendors and funding partnerships • To empower the Task Force to actively seek grant/other funding to facilitate the design phase • To allow Task Force to form Working Teams as needs are identified • To evaluate project management requirements and recommend resources as appropriate.
  30. 30. QUESTIONS FOR TASK FORCE

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