April Charrette Recap

MONDAY EVENING: HANDS-ON WORKSHOP

The CodePiqua charrette kicked-off Monday evening with more than 30 community members gathering at the Fort Piqua Plaza Banquet Center. The Workshop included an opening presentation and an interactive breakout session. Chris Schmiesing from the City opened up the evening, he gave a brief project introduction and thanked everybody for coming out. Lee Einsweiler (lead consultant) then walked participants through the charrette week, highlighting and opportunities for input over the next few days. He also presented ideas and discussion points to help facilitate discussion at the breakout tables.

A copy of the presentation can be downloaded here.

Following the presentation, attendees divided into 4 tables. Each group included a facilitator that directed the conversation and recorded notes. At the conclusion of the breakout session, each table selected a spokesperson to present their ideas to all of the participants. Each group decided on three “big ideas” to share. Below are the 3 big ideas from each table:

Table 1:

  • Get trucks off of Main Street. Increase walkability Downtown.
  • Increase bike path connections to destinations with proper signage (groceries stores, recreation, entertainment, schools, housing).
  • Road diet for Looney Rd needed to support neighborhoods/educational facilities.

Table 3: 

  • Improve in-town housing options.
  • Establish non-neighborhood truck routes, need better neighborhood connections to existing amenities and bike facilities.
  • Retool existing regional centers.

Table 2:

  • Add new southwest connection 36 to 75.
  • Revitalize Downtown.
  • Mall site redevelopment.

Table 4:

  • Reinvest/grow/reinvigorate Downtown.
  • Reroute trucks in Downtown.
  • Need to add a better variety of housing options to existing neighborhoods.

TUESDAY NOON: LUNCH & LEARN

The CodePiqua charrette continued on Tuesday with a Lunch and Learn opportunity to listen to Meritxell Font of Nelson\Nygaard. She began her presentation discussing possible options for the development of protected and connected bikeway networks. Meritxell followed with a variety of strategies that can be used to positively impact local transportation systems. A series of examples were presented of past successful implementation of these strategies in different communities. She closed the presentation with a number of street design options and before-and-after examples to give the audience a realistic understanding of outcomes.

After the presentation, a further discussion was held about possible truck routes that the consultant team had worked out, along with options for an improved bicycle network linking key destinations across the City.

A copy of the presentation can be downloaded here.

WEDNESDAY NOON: LUNCH & LEARN

A handful of people gathered at the Fort Piqua Plaza for the Wednesday lunch and learn. A series of initial concepts for key downtown sites were shown off along with a redevelopment scenario for the vacant Wilder school site. Check-out the images on the right for some of the photos of those initial concepts.

THURSDAY EVENING: CHARRETTE CLOSING

The CodePIQUA charrette finished on Thursday with two open houses and the closing show presentations in the Commission Chamber. Lee Einsweiler (lead consultant) gave a review of the daily charrette events, discussed existing transportation issues and areas of focus, and identified various development opportunities with the support of SketchUp models. Truck route and bicycle maps were pinned up in the room for people to look at and discuss.

A copy of the presentation can be downloaded here.

2018-05-04T13:43:41+00:00

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