There was a large turnout at last night’s community meeting, including lots of new faces to the redevelopment plan process. Along with several core team members, the project management team, the city council, and Mayor Mike Miller, there were over 40 community members at the community meeting.
The project team presented the draft redevelopment plan, and community members had an opportunity to weigh in on and prioritize the individual development projects. People were in favor of the new community center/city hall and excited to see the variety of parks included in the plan. They were also happy with the plan’s emphasis on management of the city’s existing historic Main Street and thriving events and programs. The community also pointed out some things that were not included in the draft plan that they would like to see. High on the list were public restrooms and bike racks. With the community’s prioritization and input, the project team can now finish the redevelopment plan for presentation to council in November.
Below, project manager Joel Reed discusses implementation projects with a community member:
Thank you everyone for your continued involvement!
Join us at the next community meeting, October 22, 5:30-7:30 PM at the Train Depot, 5600 Railroad Avenue.
We have been working hard to turn your ideas into a consolidated redevelopment plan for Old Town. On October 22, you will have to chance to review and critique this plan. Most importantly, at this meeting we will prioritize projects to create a strong implementation plan for Flowery Branch. Your feedback at this meeting is crucial!
Please spread the word about the community meeting and invite your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and others who care about the future of Old Town.
Over 40 people gathered at the Train Depot in Old Town Flowery Branch last night to articulate visions for the development of Old Town.
After some introductory exercises and a presentation about the project background and scope, we all broke up into four different groups to design individual schemes for Old Town. The major issues we considered included how to draw visitor to Old Town from I-985, from Atlanta Highway, and from Lake Lanier, how to enhance Old Town for pedestrians, and where a new, consolidated city hall should be located to best encourage a vibrant Old Town.
After drawing plans, walking around to look at the site, and listing key programs or features of our plans, each table presented its concept to the entire group. We presented our different reasons for siting City Hall, connections we prioritized, and proposed green and public spaces. All the groups agreed that Old Town needs more visibility, more pedestrian facilities, more small-scale retail and various housing types, and strong connections across the railroad and to Lake Lanier.
Next, the design team will have to work with the marketing consultants to consolidate features from each concept into a cohesive plan for Old Town.
For more information, download the meeting materials here.
Yesterday afternoon, the project team got together with the core team at the train depot to review some design concepts for Old Town. At the meeting, project manager Joel Reed and marketing consultant Taylor Yewell presented the research we have completed thus far, and then we broke out into groups to develop some design concepts. The ideas we came up with will be the starting point for our community design workshop next week.
Come to the meeting on August 27 to see what the core team came up with and share what you like about it, what you think could be improved, or what totally new ideas you have for Old Town!
We had a great first core team meeting in the Flowery Branch city offices last week. Joel Reed, the planner managing the project, led the meeting. He introduced the Pond & Company project team and subconsultants Pam Sessions, Cheri Morris, and Kyle Talente. We reviewed some of Flowery Branch’s previous planning efforts, and we briefly looked at some existing conditions in Flowery Branch. Then, the group as a whole had an informal conversation kicking off the planning process. What are our favorite places, and what about them do we like? What kind of uses would we love to see in downtown Flowery Branch? What are some challenges we face in the development of downtown?