Downtown strategic development plan meeting

One of three boards for the Visual Preference Survey

The Lakota Group hosted the first of three community workshops tonight at the Kenosha Public Museum.  It was a casual evening with snacks, candy, and drinks.  Participants visited the five interactive stations at their own pace during the open house format, giving their opinions on transportation needs, downtown buildings and areas to develop or tear down, and also a visual preference survey.  This survey asked participants to rate their response to a series of pictures of downtown.  They had to mark whether they liked the picture, didn’t like it, or had a neutral response to it.  Representatives from The Lakota Group manned each of the stations, and asked participants for their input by either placing dots on maps, or by completing surveys.  About 150 people participated.

KABA hired The Lakota Group to serve as the lead consultant on the project.  Lakota intends to engage several partner companies in the effort.  Collectively, these firms have expertise in planning, urban design, landscape architecture, community relations, real estate analysis, transportation engineering, and environmental engineering and analysis.

The Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) and the City of Kenosha have teamed up to develop a downtown strategic development plan.  Kenosha’s downtown is a critical community asset that provides for civic, business, shopping and recreational needs.  The city wants to strengthen this underutilized asset, rethink its land use mix, and build upon its core strengths of transit-supported character, walkability, and proximity to Lake Michigan.  In building upon the 2001 Kenosha First Plan and downtown refurbishment project spearheaded by KABA and the City, the plan must support a desired community character that is balanced with an achievable and incremental economic vision.

The end goal of this planning process will be the creation of a cohesive downtown development vision, refined land use mix (balanced with transportation and parking needs and capacities), and a realistic implementation tool kit that provides a framework and defines strategic action items necessary for future redevelopment and revitalization.

The next step in the planning process will be for the Lakota team to collect and analyze data, prepare maps, meet with city officials, staff, and stakeholders, conduct land-use, market, and transportation analyses, and identify issues and opportunities.

If you weren’t able to attend the meeting, but would like to provide your input, click here to take the on-line survey:  Kenosha Survey.

Keep an eye out for notifications of future meetings.

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