Downtown Redevelopment

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

Comments

Dale Ricklefs said:

Chicago's Millenium Park is great. It has an emphasis on arts and culture. Even the single sports oriented activity-- the miniature golf course-- was heavily treed.

Regardless of that great park which is part of Grant Park, there was a small pocket park next to the Harold Washington Library, located about 6 blocks away. The area was about 2/3 of the current green space at 205 E Main. On that site was tiered planting, and a low granite curved seating area that ran the width of the property. On that granite was carved quotes from literary masters. This mini-park was across the street from the library. People were sitting on the low wall, eating, talking, chillin' big time as the El clanked by.

I, like almost all the others who commented on the use of 205 Main, prefer that there be some green right there. Planning Director Jim Stendebach's idea of small kiosks or small little buildings offering simple retail options is pretty good, but I'd retain at least 2/3 of the existing green. If there were trees and park benches right now, more people would be out there. Saw kids playing soccer on there once. This is especially true if we get more retail and even eat-and-go restaurants, where such a green space would be a welcome respite among the growing concrete of our 100,000+ community.

# August 11, 2009 11:01 AM
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