As preliminary designs are being considered by WisDOT, the city anticipates to host a public open house of the downtown plan and streetscape in late-March or late-April. Everyone is invited and this post will be updated when more information is available. Once the project team receives feedback on the preliminary designs, then supporting graphics and narratives will be developed to capture the design of Main Street and the area.
Realizing the plan's vision must retain and attract new customers to the city.
Thank you to all who attended the Downtown Business Meeting! Also, thank you to the members of the arts community who shared their enthusiasm about making Waupaca an even greater destination. We were pleased with the response and support for the concepts that were shared.
For the remainder of December, and probably January, the consultant team will be refining the "Exceptions to Standards Report".
Designers presented possible themes for Main Street’s streetscape on October 26th.
“The committee liked both concepts that we presented and wanted us to blend the two ideas into one,” said Ryan Peterson, a landscape architect for the streetscape design. “Now we want to continue to modify the concept to reflect the committee’s direction. Ultimately, the committee [and project team] want to attract visitors to downtown and make it a memorable experience that they want to share with others. The idea is that downtown and the entire City of Waupaca becomes an even greater destination.” The streetscape design will be presented at a public open house in January. But before any concept can be refined, the design team needs confirmation from the Wisconsin Department Transportation on the parking arrangement – angle and parallel.
Marty Shukert, Principal Planner, discussed the five parking scenarios for Main Street. “The committee and project team is recommending the ‘hybrid’ streetscape design, which includes mostly angle parking throughout Main Street. Parallel parking is recommended on the east side of Main Street from Badger to Union, otherwise we’re recommending the balance of the street be angle parking. The committee mostly agrees that backing out of some stalls are difficult.” Again, the ‘hybrid’ concept is being presented to WisDOT for consideration. The city will learn whether the alignment satisfies WisDOT’s criteria by the end of 2016.
“Reconstruction is not expected to begin until 2019,” said Jeff Saxby, Project Engineer.
“We have several years to prepare for the reconstruction of Main Street and develop strategies to limit the disturbance the reconstruction will have on business,” explained Cory Scott, Project Manager. “Reconstruction is not fun. It’s a little like surgery. The operation is inconvenient. In the end, we’re better than we were. We’ve seen dozens of communities bare the experience of reconstruction and come out of it with a lively downtown. We’re impressed with the city’s commitment to improving downtown.”
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The design team was tasked with creating numerous concepts for the future of Main Street. One option is to do nothing. Other options include adding bump-outs to shorten crosswalks and protect parked cars, creating small plazas where parking isn’t allowed now, and shifting the street channel north of Session Street to create a safer alignment at Granite Street. Altogether, the team was directed to create five scenarios, including:
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This planning process must consider and evaluate the implications for multiple scenarios. Each scenario has their advantages and disadvantages - safety and parking are critical subjects. What do you think? Send us a note.
The team continues to review, refine, and advance concepts for Main Street. The team will soon post alternative design scenarios for Main Street.
The Main Street planning process has brought about a number of unique ideas and concepts. One of them is “Back-in Angle Parking”. Back-in angle is a fairly new concept but is being used throughout the country. Notably, the City of Neenah has recently started exploring the use of back-in angle parking on one of their streets.
Learn more by visiting http://www.cityofwaupaca.org/blog/2016/08/12/back-in-parking/
We received 200 responses to the visual preference survey! Thank you to all of the people who completed the survey online and at our storefront space. The results will be very useful when we begin to explore the details of the streetscape design for Main Street.
The Downtown Advisory Group met to further discuss the concepts emerging from the design studio. Five streetscape concepts, primarily focused on possible curb location and parking, were reviewed. Each of these five scenarios will be further evaluated throughout August for their advantages and disadvantages. The five concepts include:
Based on initial review, members of the Downtown Advisory Group preferred Concept C, which consists of primarily angle parking with bump-outs and limited parallel parking. Details will be forthcoming as the project team is adjusting all of the concepts to reflect the group’s comments and collecting additional data on traffic movements.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the design studio!
Please stop by 215 N. Main Street to continue to contribute your ideas. During the next two months, the design team will refine concepts and begin to post more images to this site in late-July and August. Again, thank you for the tremendous feedback as we work towards making Waupaca an even greater destination.