Downtown Infrastructure Project - A Streetscape Unmatched
After collaboration between the City of Wadsworth and community partners, we are moving forward with the exciting catalyst project from the 2017 Downtown Visioning Plan: a utility replacement and streetscape improvement plan for the downtown core. This project will include:
- Replacement of the aging waterlines, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, electric, and communications lines in Downtown Wadsworth.
- Facilitation of improvements for safety, pedestrian connectivity between downtown amenities, and efficient vehicular traffic.
- Enhancement of sidewalks, streets, and alleyways to make downtown more livable, vibrant, and a destination spot.
The planning process this year will feature various layers of public engagement, including outreach during First Friday events and meetings with various community groups and the public. The process will culminate with conceptual design plans for the new downtown streetscape this fall. Please provide your feedback throughout the process and stay up to date on our website.
TEMPORARY PATIO AND BIKE CORRAL
The City is seeking feedback from the community on the streetscape elements we are considering for our downtown. Starting in mid-September, there will be a temporary patio and bike corral located on Broad Street outside of Valley Cafe. These items do not represent the materials, color, or overall style of the final patios or bike corrals; they are there to help us imagine what it might be like to have more room between the buildings and the road. By re-configuring our existing space, we can create more room for outdoor seating, green space, public art, or other features that enhance the public space without losing parking. Wider sidewalks will enhance the public space by providing room to gather, relax, and enjoy downtown! These features will be in place through October, so ride your bike over to check them out, and provide your thoughts here: Community Feedback
The Downtown Implementation Committee was formed to assist the City with the execution of the 2017 Visioning Plan. Comprised of community members from a variety of backgrounds, this committee has been involved in the preliminary planning of the Downtown Improvement Project. They provide firsthand insight into the community and vet development concepts presented by the planning team. Additionally, the Implementation Committee members were asked to act as stewards of the project, passing along information and encouraging friends, family, and neighbors to attend public meetings and participate in the planning process.