An open house on Tuesday, May 19, will offer would-be urban planners -- and anyone else interested in the city's streetscape -- the opportunity to help shape the future look and feel of two important roadways along downtown's southern edge.
The Conceptual Design Open House for Northeast Second and Main streets will be 4 to 7 p.m., on the first-floor concourse of City Hall. Visitor parking is available on a first-come, first served basis.
During the event, attendees can see the latest ideas for lane configurations and streetscapes for both streets. They can also look at color renderings and early-stage designs of proposed projects. Opinions are encouraged and may be expressed using comment cards provided or by talking with staff. The projects are:
- Northeast Second Street: Work involves developing street design concepts for each block of Northeast Second Street between Bellevue Way and 112th Avenue. Proposals include widening the roadway from three lanes with on-street parking to five lanes, and developing a narrow park near the corners at Northeast Second Place and 110th Avenue. The current planning budget is $198,000.
- Main Street: Develop conceptual plans for Main Street between Bellevue Way and 116th Avenue Northeast. Work includes planning for a visual "gateway" at Main Street and Bellevue Way, a prominent access point for travelers entering downtown from the southwest. Other options are new lane configurations, pedestrian-bicycle facilities and open space. The current planning budget is $207,000.
These long-anticipated projects, first introduced in the 2003 Downtown Implementation Plan, will help accommodate growth and development by creating a more diverse, urban transportation system.
The idea is to define the southern part of downtown as a unique neighborhood. Project goals are to enhance street character, improve conditions for walkers and bikers and add landscaping. This early, conceptual design work is expected to be completed later this year.
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