Concept 9 features include:
Two new commercial buildings along N. Avondale Rd between Lake St. and Oak St., with a mix of restaurant and retail space.
Buildings connected by a shared patio that overlooks a ~2-acre park.
The Town Green is proposed as a publicly owned park next to private development on a 4-acre parcel. The Town Green is the centerpiece of the downtown master plan and a catalyst for development. Its central location near existing restaurants and shops makes it an ideal gathering space for residents and visitors. It is a natural gathering space that “activates” the area and attracts a built-in clientele for potential shop and restaurant owners making businesses more commercially viable.
Site Design, the landscape designer, is seeking community input on the park design.
The City negotiated an agreement with the developer for a landscape architect to refine the park concept into a more complete design with input from the community. See Development Proposals for draft MOU.
Based on criteria set forth by the City, Fabric interviewed and recommended Site Solutions as the landscape architect to develop the park concept design building on the framework proposed in "Concept 9". The BOMC voted to select the recommended designer and has agreed to the community engagement process which kicks off Saturday, February 29, 2020. A proposed Town Green Plan is scheduled to be presented to the BOMC at the end of March 2020.
Town Green Concept 9 Proposals
In 2017, the Board of Mayor and Commissioners (BOMC) sponsored a public process to select the best conceptual design and use of the 4-acre property. The city received 10 thoughtful proposals. The community discussed the concept that best reflected their ideas of what the park and the adjacent development should look like. Based on that discussion, the BOMC selected what is affectionately referred to as "Concept 9".
Feasibility Assessment by Bleakly Group
In order to bring this vision to the life, in 2018, the DDA and the City hired the Bleakly Group to assess the existing Tax Allocation District and the development potential and financial feasibility of the 4-Acres site consistent with Concept 9 and the Downtown Master Plan (DMP).
City Seeks Development Partner
Based on recommendations from the Bleakly Group, the City and the DDA drafted and advertised an RFQ seeking a qualified private developer to build the park and the adjoining commercial buildings. A collaboration between Fabric Developers, Stevens & Wilkinson (including the designer of Plan 9) and Vantage Realty Partners responded to the RFQ. See more about their response under the Development Proposals tab.