Thank you to everyone who participated in the design studio event! Over the next couple of months our team will be refining your ideas with the steering committee. We look forward to sharing progress with you in the Spring! Below is short video showcasing our Design Studio.
Join the discussion about the Town Square!
The Steering Committee for the Downtown Action Plan met via video conference in July to discuss the emerging results for the Demers Avenue Streetscape Concept. They met again in August to provide more input and feedback on the refined concepts. Special thanks to the steering committee for their commitment and enthusiasm in the 8 weeks to get to the point where we are today, and to over 700 people who completed the visual listening survey. Concepts will continue to be refined and available for all in October.
Thank you to all of the participants who attended our focus group sessions!
We heard from nearly 100 people who shared their ideas for making downtown an even better destination. Participants included young professionals, restaurant and bar operators, retailers, leasing agents, building owners, developers, people in finance, UND representatives, major employers, various city staff departments, parks, artisans, historians, non-profit groups, event organizers, residents, and more. The turnout was impressive, which reflects people’s passion and interest in the future of downtown.
We’re still at the beginning of the process. The conversation continues on Tuesday, October 9th at City Hall. We hope you join us.
The planning process for Grand Forks' Downtown Action Plan is underway!
The project team warmed up with a cool historic walking tour led by Corey Mock. Along the tour, the team talked with many people in downtown and learned about our great city. The project team met with the steering committee and walked the study area. Also, the team talked about the schedule and process with the City Council. Special thanks to everyone who took time from their busy schedule to kick-off the process with the project team.
We need to hear from you. Complete the online survey and offer your name to Andrew Conlon to be included in early discussions. Many more opportunities will emerge over the course of the project and momentum will get rolling this fall. Look out for upcoming announcements.
We need to hear from you!
A Visual Preference Survey is available online for you to react to various images of built projects. Tell us if you "Love It", "Like It", or "No Thanks". Taking the survey is simple and a fun way to see what other cities have built. Meanwhile, it informs our designers to understand how to tailor a design for Grand Forks.
Please share your opinion and take the visual survey here.
To ensure that the plan represents the vision of those who live, work, and play in the area, we encourage you to share your opinions and join in the public participation process, consisting of numerous interviews, workshops, and public meetings in the coming months. This input will be joined with a market analysis to develop a framework for the future of Downtown Grand Forks. Learn how to participate or contact us directly by visiting the “get involved” tab. You can also learn more about the process by exploring this project website which will remain current throughout the process.
The City of Grand Forks is beginning a process to create an action plan to improve downtown. The project advances The Downtown Vibrancy Initiative and targets improvements for Demers Avenue streetscape, town square and pocket parks, and wayfinding. Also, the plan explores development possibilities and guidelines for redevelopment scenarios. We are just starting the project and need your help throughout the next year to create the plan that best represents Grand Forks!
Advancing quickly is the streetscape design for Demers Avenue. We hired a team of professionals to lead us through this fast-moving process in order to leverage funding from North Dakota Department of Transportation. We anticipate construction in 2019, so again, we’re moving quickly this summer to design a streetscape concept. We need your help. Complete the Visual Listening survey to share your thoughts on other built projects. We’re scheduling many opportunities for you to provide direction and feedback throughout the course of the next year, and details will be coming. Check back for updates as we will redirect our focus this fall to the town square, wayfinding, and development possibilities.
WE NEED YOU. Check back often for project updates and ways to get involved!