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So as far as challenges go on these corridors right there sell much stuff there’s so many paved already there , so many buildings along these corridors. What are the challenges with a reimagining some of these spaces .
Patients reality incremental a vision that starts grabbing the public’s attention but also is realistic. There is a market developers can’t build buildings for , for which the market doesn’t support so far . This study is is at an end doubts market survey we’re hiring professionals that do this for a living and they’re looking out not only fair bills market but Northwest Arkansas , they’re looking at the market for the the mall , which is also going through a transition . So we’re going to do a market study where God look out what public improvements are needed and there were gonna look at it zoning changes are needed , sometimes our zoning code .
Prohibits something from happening that we want to have happen , so we can we can allow that to happen. Sometimes we may need to add a restriction to make sure that the location of buildings and parking supports what the public investment is .
You started with some public input sessions and there were 2 last week and then there was also one of the Farmers Market on Saturday. What did those look like and where did you end up hearing from from the people who came out .
I spent all Saturday morning at the farmers market and had conversation for conversation with think all residents. They all are intensely interested in the corridor they all experienced a quarter Carter on a daily basis they had lots and lots of ideas , all the way from saying : do what you just did between maple and north with the wider sidewalks in the trees to do cycle tracks do bike path sidewalks street trees Andrew grounding the utilities Fayetteville people have lots of ideas and it was , it was really , really interesting to hear all their ideas . We also had a visual preference survey we had , we had a toolbox of pictures and other communities had died . He had proved their corners , and so we gave them each 6 stick is and they put their lives by what they wanna retained in the toolbox . And so it’s very interesting to read it what they liked what they didn’t like .
You actually brought the visual survey boards into my studio which is great. So tell me why which pictures did people kind of go for and wedge pictures . Did they not .
Like , yeah , it was kind of surprising the 2 way cycle tracks which means separated facility from traffic.
Open for pedestrians and bicycles primarily bicycles with a rod adjacent sidewalk was that an overwhelming winner. Everybody loved the picture of that cycle track with people using bicycles and cars are kind of a cold mingling in a court that its tree-lined and the buildings are supporting the sidewalk . So it’s a great picture . People loved that I was surprised that people like the roundabouts .
Yeah. Apparently Fayetteville is coming around to the idea of a roundabout .
Yes , I think , I think we’re , we’re learning to like them.
And interesting to also see what people didn’t gravitate towards. Yeah , there were a couple of years that only got you know a couple dots . Yes .
We on purpose did a typical 2 story commercial strip building with parking in front of it got one that did a 140 people took the survey. So there is a definite no on that particular image . There’s also a very large aggressive 3 story urban style building on a card very close to the sidewalk . That is actually kind of new openness and style that people didn’t like , I think it was too aggressive . It was too close to the street . They didn’t vote for it .
What kind of public involving involvement well come next , I guess , and then what kind of what it what will you guys be doing on your end. As the city .
Well the entire process is completely open and transparent almost to a fault. So the next step is we’re going to more 8 to 10 round table style focus groups , we are steering committee . We have a large theory can’t there in biting participants that they think it would be interested in serving on this focus groups . If you want to serve survive it . Let me know we can get you an invitation . So we are , I do those in October , November , and then there are serious of design sessions . Some people call them throughout say that’s kind of a weird French word but there series of design workshops , where are our consultants will actually be sketching solutions Ian in open so the property owners and people there will be no widely advertised location they will have drafting tables , there will be working on different sections of the Carter and people can come here and look over their shoulders and the particular consultants we hired are really good at this . They now had a sketch and illustrate idea second illustrate ideas that the public brings to the table . So I think people are going to enjoy that and that will happen . Basically starting in December February December , January , February , and then the initial concert presentations will start in March and we want to take this plan to council in May . So we have ish relatively aggressive timeframe and we’re not going to take any and that we’re going to finish it then .
When you take it to the City Council is that sort of a master plan for their approval. Yes , okay , yeah .
Just started like a straight jacket or anything , but it’s a , it’s a guide. It’s a vision and it’s a can hopefully a consensus . What I think that they are people who have said they wanted to do to improve the quarter .
And then from this final concept is that what happens from there. Is it just a matter of working on pieces of it . Finding investment for pieces of it that kind of thing or .
All of the above. Excellent question . The city has some tools that can help improve the , our tools are met mainly invest public infrastructure and just seeing the regulatory requirements that they’re learning and so forth to support the plan . So both of those need to be done , we need to figure out what we can afford to build and there’s a bond issue coming up shortly and the mayor is anticipating putting some money into that bond issue the amount to be determined to help fund the first phase of the plan .
Have there been any challenges with this being a state highway which is overseen by the state highway department rather than the city or has that Ben how’s that process work.
Yes. Another good question it is state highway and of course the transportation seated frustration department is interests are running highways many communities look at transitioning from state highways to city streets 4 quarters like this other as redeveloped . I think that we all wants to do that , I think that highway department would just as soon we took it there are interesting . They don’t have the funds to maintain it . So that’s a business deal . Obviously the highway Highway department would save money by transferring the maintenance to the city , usually you negotiate a fair compensation for that were either they were help with the physical improvements since calculating the maintenance costs for like 1520 year period is sometimes done to make sure that it’s a fair business deal .
Thank you for stopping by him giving us an update on this.
Thank you. That was going stall , the director of development services for the City of Fayetteville speaking with Ozarks at large as Susanna SciTech stall says you can still take their survey to give your input on Highway 71 B they want to know how often you use College Avenue and why and you’ll be able to see and rate possible development ideas for the corridor . You can find that survey by surging speak up Fayetteville , we’ll also have a link accompanying the story on our website Ozarks at large dark harm .
A bike share program is now live in Fayetteville Mayor Lionel Jordan and University of Arkansas Chancellor Joseph Stein that’s helped launch the bikes yesterday morning on the University of Arkansas campus.
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