Stevens point asks the public for input on the future of downtown

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Stevens point asks the public for input on the future of downtown

STEVENS POINT (WITH EXCERPTS FROM THE STEVENS POINT JOURNAL): Stevens Point’s downtown and Division Street corridor corridor has seen an influx of development projects in recent months. The City will hold a community session from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Community Engagement Room at Mid-State Technical College. Plans for downtown and Division Street will influence the city’s vision and policy direction on revitalizing the city for the next 10 to 20 years. The plans will set priorities for land use, transportation infrastructure, parks and guide the city on major development projects, such as real estate and infrastructure investments.

The first of at least three sessions will start with an overview of the area and then move into letting residents, business owners and property owners share thoughts on ideas for the future of these areas, according to a news release from the city. Vandewalle & Associates will facilitate the sessions as part of its contract with Stevens Point to help the city with its master planning for downtown and Division Street. 

One project in the downtown master-planned area is a proposed development at 1017 Third St. that would include about 30,000 square feet of commercial space and 200 residential units. The plan also includes accommodations for bikes and pedestrians from the city’s north side and downtown.

“The proposed plan would transform the northern portion of the downtown, and create additional storefronts and housing, thus continuing to bolster downtown activity,” Community Development Director Michael Ostrowski wrote in a memo announcing the development. 



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