Bridge Square May 14, 2014 open house presentation

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The presentation for open house #3 / community workshop: Concepts for a Future Bridge Square, Northfield MN: A community master planning update for 'Northfield's living room'

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Bridge Square May 14, 2014 open house presentation

  1. 1. City of Northfield Community Workshop/ Public Open House #3 May 14th, 2014 Concepts for a Future Bridge Square
  2. 2. Agenda 1Introductions 2Planning Process 3Summary of Community Input 4Bridge Square Alternatives 5Provide Feedback and Comments 6Next Steps
  3. 3. Introductions1
  4. 4. Introductions Project Team • John Slack, ASLA Stantec • Griff Wigley Wigley & Associates City Staff Contact • Joe Stapf, Northfield City Engineer Special thanks to Northfield Historical Society for providing all of the historic images you will see in this presentation. See Stakeholders Webpage at http://northfieldcitizenengagement.org/bridgesquare/stakeholders/
  5. 5. The Planning Process2 and Schedule
  6. 6. Planning Process Public Input • Transparent process to engage all stakeholders in a meaningful dialogue about the future of Bridge Square • Use public face-to-face meetings and online tools to both inform the community and learn their needs, desires, ideas, and feedback. Online tools will include: • Blog site, discussion threads • Online straw polls • Live web conferences • Ongoing updates via Twitter, Facebook, text messages, email and local media websites NorthfieldCitizenEngagement.org/bridgesquare
  7. 7. Planning Process Design Process • Understand the history of Bridge Square and the role it plays in the community • Define design precedents to see how other well known/loved spaces function • Engage in a civic discussion on the future of Bridge Square • Provide recommendations for the future design and programming of Bridge Square
  8. 8. Planning Schedule Tonight’s Meeting
  9. 9. Meeting Purpose Goals and Objectives for this meeting • Review public input process • Review alternative designs for the redesign of Bridge Square • Provide comments and feedback regarding design alternatives
  10. 10. Summary of Community Input3
  11. 11. Summary of Online Community Engagement Blog/ Website • Blog posts: 31 • Blog comments: 34 • Blog commenters: 10 Twitter • Tweets by @Nfld_Engagement: 19 Online Straw Poll • 25 questions, 163 respondents; 852 comments
  12. 12. Summary of Online Community Engagement Web conference/panel • 90 minutes, 20 attendees, 18 archive viewers Blog/website traffic • Page views, Oct - December: 1,856 • Monthly visitors: Oct - 216; Nov - 121; Dec - 424 Additional online publicity: • Northfield.org: Blog post, ongoing updates, RSS Feed • Locally Grown Northfield: Blog post, ongoing updates, RSS Feed, Facebook updates • City of Northfield: Notify Me email and texts; retweets and Facebook posts by Northfield Public Works
  13. 13. Design Alternatives4
  14. 14. Alternative A – “Unification” Attributes • Maintains current design with very minor modifications • Expands paved surfaces within the Square to improve maintenance and provide additional programming area • Provides more seating • Adds Decorative paving along Water Street
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  16. 16. Alternative B – “Lively” Attributes • Expands paved surfaces within the Square to improve maintenance and provide additional programming area • Provides more seating • Raises level of Water Street and adds decorative paving • Creates more flexible space for events and programming • Relocates war memorial towards Division Street • Expands riverfront promenade • Incorporates more planting areas
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  20. 20. Alternative C – “Elegant” Attributes • Creates more flexible space for events and programming • Relocates fountain towards Division Street • Creates a “formal lawn” for active and passive recreation and programmed events • Creates an amphitheater towards the river • Expands riverfront promenade • Incorporates additional seating • Incorporates more planting areas • Closes Water Street • War memorial relocated to Riverside/ Lyons Park
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  24. 24. Alternative D – “Dynamic” Attributes • Creates more flexible space for events and programming • Relocates fountain towards Division Street • Introduces Arbor structure • Incorporates additional seating • Incorporates more planting areas and reduces lawn areas • Raises level of Water Street and adds decorative paving • Expands riverfront promenade • Closes “No Name” Street but provides for emergency access and creates promenade along Post Office and commercial buildings • War memorial relocated to Riverside/ Lyons Park
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  27. 27. SITe Section
  28. 28. Feedback and Comments5 Process • Please provide comments via sticky notes or comment cards regarding each of the designs. • Hand in your comments or email to John • Provide comments, or additional insights at... NorthfieldCitizenEngagement.org/bridgesquare
  29. 29. Next Steps6 Schedule • Prepare Draft Document • Present to Council and other Boards/ Commissions
  30. 30. Questions?

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