The Reimagine 419 Design Workshop generated a lot of great conversations with over 150 residents about the future of the 419 Town Center study area. Meanwhile, many other conversations occurred behind the scenes as the planning team wrapped up interviews with more than 100 stakeholders including property owners, business owners, technical experts and local leadership.
What we learned:
- Preliminary market analysis revealed that the study area could support quality chains like Cheesecake Factory, Whole Foods and Nordstrom Rack.
- Based on preliminary residential analysis, the demand for housing increases significantly if the area is redeveloped into a town center environment.
- The three-day event culminated with a 20-year, “What would it look like?”, draft conceptual plan, along with a more specific five-year plan based on market realities. Both plans identified ways that the study area could transform into a vibrant and authentic town center.
Proposed locations where implementation could begin.
What we heard from you:
Implementation of this study relies on buy-in from both the public and area stakeholders. Here are the main messages you gave us over those three days:
- The plan must support local restaurants and businesses while also helping to attract higher-end national retail to the corridor.
- Tanglewood Mall and Starkey Road north of Rt. 419 are the most important places to start implementing recommendations.
- The community overwhelmingly supported the 419 Town Center vision statement. However, suggestions included that it could be expanded to more strongly emphasize community, connectivity, accessibility and families.
The comments received at the end of the workshop indicated that participants were excited by the overall urban design framework. The next steps in the study include transportation solutions and implementation recommendations.