Downtown Redevelopment

July 2009 - Posts

Day Two was just as good at Round Rock's Downtown Master Plan Open House

We had another great day (and evening) on Thursday, July 30, at our open house for the Downtown Master Plan. We met at least 60 folks and gathered up 23 pages of written comments when things wrapped up.

A big Thank You! to all the folks who came out and gave us their comments. Over the two days, we had at least 110 folks and  40 pages of suggestions, criticisms, compliments, feedback and new ideas. In other words, the open house was a raging success!

There's still a lot of work to do, but we've now had a ton of terrific input on the draft plan (PDF) from you, the City Council, Planning & Zoning Commission, and City staff. We'll visit further with the City Council at its retreat on Aug.18-19, and then send a package of comments to our consultant, Torti Gallas, to incorporate into a final draft.

We expect to have a final document for P&Z and City Council to vote on this fall. 

Of course, we're still happy to take you thoughts and ideas on the plan here on the blog.

Will Hampton
Project Manager

Great first day at Round Rock's Downtown Master Plan Open House

We had more than 50 people come through for the first day of our open house on draft of the Downtown Master Plan. We also have 17 pages of written comments, which is absolutely fantastic!

We look forward to visiting with more of you from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday here at the McConico Building Community Room, 301 W. Bagdad Ave. We'll have the same exhibits on display. So if you were here today, you're good. If not, we'd love to see you tomorrow.

Will Hampton
Project Manager

Round Rock Downtown Master Plan Open House is under way

We're off and running at our two-day open house for the Downtown Master Plan. We've had a steady stream of folks coming through this morning and early afternoon, checking out the exhibits, asking questions and writing down their thoughts and comments.

We'll be here at the McConico Building, 301 W. Bagdad Ave., until 5 p.m. today, Wednesday, July 29, and from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30.

We'd love for you to come and visit with us one on one, but we know that's not possible for everyone interested in the draft plan. So here's a PDF of the exhibits on display here. Feel free ask questions or make comments here. We'll post the comments received here at the open house in a later post.

Downtown Plan Open House set for July 29-30

We’ll hold an Open House meeting on the Downtown Master Plan from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, and noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, in the Community Room at the McConico Building, 301 W. Bagdad Ave. That’s the same place where the charrette was held in January. (I know my last post said the Wednesday meeting will start at 8 a.m. It will be 9 a.m.)

Among the topics we plan to address at the Open House are: Mission, Vision and Scope; Roads/Parking; Zoning; Green Space/Parks, Historic Preservation, Economic Development/Tourism, Finance, and Catalytic Projects.

The meetings will be come and go; there will be no formal oral presentations. We will have displays with information, maps, etc., for you to look at and comment on. Staff will be on hand to answer questions. We’ll also have handouts for you to take home and review so if you want to comment after thinking about things for a couple of days that’s fine.

Is there anything you would like to know more about or comment on at the Open House? Please let me know. We may not get to all of the topics listed above. City staff will be meeting regularly over the next two weeks to finalize the presentation materials, and we may decide to winnow the list – especially if I hear from you that there are other topics you would like addressed.

This will be the final formal public meeting prior to our update to the City Council at its retreat on Aug. 18-19. Our plan to is take your input, along with the City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, and City staff, and forward that to our consultants following the retreat so they can incorporate it into a final draft document.

I'm going to be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Friday at Star Co., 114 E. Main St. The Round Rock Jelly (a casual co-working get together) convenes there as well around lunchtime on Friday.

And, as always, I’m happy to meet with you individually if you want to. Just let me know. My number is listed below. And you can always offer your comments and suggestions here.

Will Hampton
Project Manager
218-5409

Transportation System board, City Council approve funds for select downtown projects

The Round Rock Transportation System Development Corporation (4B) Board and City Council approved funding for six downtown infrastructure projects on Thursday, July 9.

The 4B board and City Council approved the following (map PDF):

  • Funding for Project 1 in the amount of $1.2 million to design the Main Street extension between the IH-35 north frontage road and San Saba, and acquire right of way.
  • Funding for Project 2 in the amount of $2.8 million to design and construct Main Street between San Saba and Brown Street.
  • Funding for Project 3 in the amount of $1.4 million to design and construct Main Street between Brown Street and Blair Street.
  • Funding for Project 4 in the amount of $216,000 for the design of Main Street between Blair Street and Mays Avenue.
  • Funding for Project 5 in the amount of $423,000 to design the realignment of Round Rock Avenue onto Liberty Avenue and design a traffic signal at the Liberty-Mays intersection.
  • Funding for Project 7 in the amount of $210,000 to design and construct storm sewer improvements along Blair Street between Main Street and Florence Street; this project would provide storm sewer for the Main Street improvements.


You can view a video of the 4B board meeting here. Two people spoke during the public hearing. You can watch the City Council meeting video here. Go to Item 9C2 on the agenda drop down menu for quick viewing.

We have also established the dates and times for our next public input meetings on the draft plan. We’ll have an Open House from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, and from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, in the Community Room at the McConico Building, 301 W. Bagdad Ave.

I’m also working to set up some time over the next month or so for informal visits with folks interested in the Downtown Plan. When I have dates, time and locations nailed down I’ll post out a notice here. As always, if you want to visit one-on-one, I’m happy to do that as well. Just shoot me an email or give me a call.

Thanks,

Will Hampton
Project Manager
218-5409
[email protected]