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About the Project
The project will create a viable master plan and implementation strategy for the Arch Bridge/Bolton Center, which generally includes the area around the Arch Bridge north along Highway 43 to the Bolton Fire Station. The plan will accomplish the following:
• Create a strong new identity for the area.
• Determine the location and form of a trail/esplanade within the study area as well as visual and potentially physical access to the river itself.
• Allow for a careful insertion of infill development on key sites, especially uses that can address the current jobs/housing imbalance.
• Transform the Metro designated Bolton Center into a true town center, with mixed-use qualities of a village.
• Reconfigure major streets to add values of pedestrian, bicycle and transit use.
• Encourage redevelopment and new investment.
• Identify strategic improvements to infrastructure.
• Examine different ways for reconfiguring the I-205 and Highway 43 interchange for improved safety and operations.
• Assess the feasibility of various actions and investments.
• Build support from stakeholders and residents for the new directions of the area.
The City kicked off the project with the City Council on January 27, 2014. The project is guided by an advisory committee comprised of various community members who are meeting throughout 2014. A technical committee with staff from various agencies is also providing input and guidance.
There have been and will continue to be numerous opportunities for public input throughout the year. There was a survey sent out in March which garnered 487 responses, a three-day storefront studio and associated community workshops were held in April with nearly 150 participants.
The Existing Conditions report was presented to the City Council on April 14, 2014. A progress report memo and presentation with draft recommendations and concepts was presented to the Council and Planning Commission in a joint meeting on July 7, 2014.
Two walking tours were held in August, with more than 40 people participating. There will also be an open house in the fall along with a virtual online open house.
A draft plan will be reviewed by the City Council before the end of 2014. Any required regulatory changes are expected in early 2015.
The project is funded through a $220,000 Metro Community Planning and Development grant, which is funded through the construction excise tax. The City is providing an $80,000 in-kind match.