Downtown Midland Streetscape Redevelopment

 2015-2020 DDA Long Range Strategic Plan

Long Range Strategic Plan

View the Streetscape Committee's Recommendation


Watch the slideshow below to view the Streetscape Redevelopment Committee's official recommendation to the Downtown Development Authority Board for the downtown streetscape redevelopment project. 

You can also download a PDF version of this presentation here.

Concept:

On November 11, 2015, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) held its annual strategic planning session and identified streetscape redevelopent as a high priority for its 2016 plan of work.

The City’s primary goal for this plan is to evaluate design options and provide base conceptual engineering plans for the redesign and reconstruction of Main Street. The Downtown Development Authority has broadened this original and still primary goal to review all streets and streetscapes in the DDA. The final plan is expected to provide conceptual engineering plans for Main Street, together with one or more conceptual engineering plans for all other streets, in the DDA.  The city has no immediate preference for whether this Plan is presented on an individual street basis or on a street hierarchical basis.

Considerations to be given during the design process will include road design, sidewalk treatments, landscaping, electrical service, lighting, irrigation lines, and others.  The inclusion of festival streets will need to be given consideration in the course of evaluating design options.  


View the Designs:

Downtown Streetscape Plan Board

(Click the image below to view a larger version.)



Downtown Streetscape Plan Board



Sample Street View

Aesthetics Picture

Sample Street View #2

Parking and Sidewalk - Aesthetics

Sample  Living Room Intersection



Sample Plaza Intersection




Main Street Traffic Signal & Four-Way Stop Safety Analysis

Midland Main Street Memo (9-2-16)_Page_1 small

Click here to read consultant DLZ's memo on its findings of a traffic signal and four-way stop safety analysis for Main Street.



 Project Timeline:

    PAST EVENTS

  • August 30, 2016 - Streetscape Commitee Meeting, 8:00 a.m., City Hall HR Conference Room, 333 W. Ellsworth Street

  • August 15 - Streetscape Committee Update and Review, 8:30 a.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 333 W. Ellsworth Street

  • July 27 - Public Open House, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 333 W. Ellsworth Street
    This event will include a brief overview presentation from SmithGroupJJR, followed by an open house view of designs

  • July 18 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 333 W. Ellsworth Street
    Meeting is also available via live cablecast on MGTV 188 or via streaming video at cityofmidlandmi.gov

  • June 24 - Drop In Workshop 144 Ashman Street, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m

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    Stop by 144 Ashman Street (corner of Larkin and Ashman, former downtown Post Office / Serendipity 181) anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, June 24. The SmithGroupJJR team will set up shop and invites you to come in as they work.  Look at drawings, provide feedback, brainstorm alternatives and further confirm that the designers are headed in the right direction.

  • June 23 - Public Input Session (follow-up from June 2-3), 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Suite Level of Dow Diamond - 825 E. Main Street
    Look at early conceptual right-of-way designs that the team is developing based on what they’ve heard so far.  This will be an interactive workshop designed to solicit feedback on first-draft conceptual plans and your chance to let us know if we’re heading in the right direction for what you’d like to see in a redeveloped downtown Midland.
    Click here to watch the full session

  • June 2 - Public Input Session, 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. the H ballroom
    Click here to watch the public input session recap 

  • May 9, 2016 - City Council considers approval of contract with SmithGroupJJR for community engagement and streetscape design
    Click Here for City Council Agenda - Streetscape Consideration is item #11 (click on agenda item for support material)

  • April 27, 2016 - Special DDA Board meeting to receive recommendation from Streetscape Committee on Request for Proposal selection.
    4:00 p.m., Midland City Hall Council Chambers
     Agenda
      SmithGroupJJR Information
        SmithGroupJJR Fee Proposal

  • April 20, 2016 - The Streetscape Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in Midland City Hall Council Chambers to interview two firms to potentially lead the community input process, engineering and design study for the downtown streetscape redevelopment.

  • April 13, 2016 - The Streetscape Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. in Midland City Hall to review RFPs.
     
  • April 5, 2016 - 2 p.m. deadline for submitting RFPs
     
  • March 16, 2016 - Downtown Midland Streetscape Redevelopment Study Request for Proposal (RFPs)l Posted.
     http://www.mitn.info/City-of-Midland.asp?AgencyID=1978&PageType=open

  • March 9, 2016 – DDA Board reviews draft Request for Proposal, Streetscape Design Work,
    View the meeting:  http://cityofmidlandmi.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=1566.
  • February 23, 2016 – Streetscape Committee holds its second meeting to review draft RFP and timeline.  Minutes
  • February 10, 2016 – Streetscape Committee holds its first meeting to review the committee purpose, scope of work and Request for Proposal (RFP) considerations.
    Minutes
  • January-February – 2016 Streetscape Redevelopment Committee is established and invitations extended by the DDA Chair.  Final committee includes:
    • Robert Rathbun – Chair:  DDA board member, representing Chemical Bank a downtown business/property holder;
    • Bill Allen – representing the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce/Midland Tomorrow;
    • Bobbie Arnold – DDA board member;
    • Bo Brines – DDA board member, downtown business and property owner;
    • Steve Bush – downtown business and property owner;
    • Scott Coyer – Midland Downtown Business Association president, downtown business owner;
    • David Kell – DDA board member;
    • Stephanie Richardson – downtown horticulturist/City of Midland;
    • Peter Shaheen – developer, downtown property owner.
  • January 13, 2016at its regularly scheduled meeting, the DDA Board adopts its 2016 Plan of Work, identifies the streetscape redevelopment as its number one priority for 2016 and agrees to assign a streetscape redevelopment team to oversee the project, reporting back to the DDA.
    View DDA Board Meeting:  January 13, 2016
    http://midland.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=2882 

  • November 11, 2015 – Downtown Development Authority (DDA) holds its annual strategic planning session and identifies streetscape redevelopment as a high priority for its 2016 plan of work.
    Long Range Strategic Plan

2016 Downtown Midland Streetscape Redevelopment Committee

Purpose of Committee:

  • Determine scope of the 2016 Downtown Midland Streetscape Redevelopment project;
  • Develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) to secure a qualified planner for the project;
  • Evaluate the RFPs and recommend to the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) board on hiring a planner consultant;
  • Work with the planner consultant to gather public input
  • Work with the planner consultant to develop a proposed concept be recommended to the DDA

Committee Members:

  • Robert Rathbun – Chair:  DDA board member, representing Chemical Bank, downtown business/property owner
  • Bill Allen – representing the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce/Midland Tomorrow
  • Bobbie Arnold – DDA board member
  • Bo Brines – DDA board member, downtown business and property owner
  • Steve Bush – downtown business and property owner
  • Scott Coyer – Midland Downtown Business Association president, downtown business owner
  • David Kell – DDA board member
  • Stephanie Richardson – downtown horticulturist/City of Midland
  • Peter Shaheen – developer, downtown property owner