Design Charrette Will Kick Off Planning for Downtown Kirkwood
October 16th through October 19th
The City of Kirkwood is moving forward with the development of a Downtown Master Plan and Parking Study. Downtown Kirkwood includes the central business district and residential areas. The process to develop a Master Plan will kick off in October with a three-day Design Charrette, or workshop, and the public is invited to participate.
The City recently adopted a Comprehensive Plan, EnVision Kirkwood 2035, with both residents and the business community involved with its development. Building on that community participation, the Design Charrette will involve formal presentations and a drop-in design studio, during which the public can view and provide input on concepts and maps that the design team is creating. Feedback from residents and the community is crucial to making the Downtown Master Plan a success and ensuring the continued success of the Downtown Kirkwood area.
The Design Charrette will be held in the upper Council Chambers at Kirkwood City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road. The public is invited to participate.
Schedule and Details:
Drop-In Design Studio: Monday, October 16, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. (Just added!)
Drop-In Design Studio: Tuesday, October 17, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Presentation: Tuesday, October 17, 5:30 p.m.
Drop-In Design Studio: Wednesday, October 18, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Drop-In Design Studio: Thursday, October 19, 10:00 a.m., to 1:30 p.m.
Closing presentation: Thursday, October 19, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The City has partnered with DPZ Partners, LLC, and Jacobs Engineering to develop the Master Plan and Parking Study.
Downtown Kirkwood Connector Pilot Program and Demonstration
Beginning October 26, the Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District (SBD) organization will be offering free transportation within the downtown Kirkwood area during periods when there is high demand for public parking. On Thursdays and Fridays from 5-9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1-9 p.m., free Electric Cab service by Electric Cab North America will be offered at no charge to Downtown Kirkwood visitors. Downtown Kirkwood Connector drivers will not expect payment or tips. Based on demand, the timing of the service is subject to change. The Downtown Kirkwood Connector pilot program is scheduled to operate through November 18. There are plans to extend the pilot program until December 30, 2017.
Downtown Kirkwood Connector services may be accessed by signaling the driver or by phoning a ride request to (314) 252-8889. Downtown Kirkwood Advisory Commission Chairperson and owner of Fun in the Sun, Nancy McGee said, “The Downtown Kirkwood Advisory Commission is very excited to offer the free service to our businesses and their patrons. We are hoping the Connector helps people circulate and explore downtown Kirkwood and we are looking forward to evaluating the results of this pilot program.”
“We are also hopeful that we can help visitors find their way to underutilized parking and that they will access the Connector service to move around downtown Kirkwood. During the time frame that the Connector service operates there are usually open public parking spaces at Kirkwood City Hall, at the Station Plaza garages and customer parking in the northern end of the district. So, we are setting up Connector pick up and drop off stops in those locations” added Donna Poe, Executive Director of Downtown Kirkwood SBD. “Down the road, additional stops could be added,” Poe said.
The Downtown Kirkwood Connector pilot program presentation coincides with the work the City of Kirkwood is doing on a Downtown Kirkwood Master Plan and Parking Study. Thursday, October 19 on the parking lot of Kirkwood City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road, from 5-5:30 p.m., a presentation will be held for the public and downtown Kirkwood business owners to learn more about Electric Cabs and the Downtown Kirkwood Connector pilot program. An Electric Cab will be part of the presentation. Electric Cab demonstration rides will be available following the presentation on October 19 and the Downtown Kirkwood Connector program will begin on the evening of October 26. Following the Connector presentation, at 5:30 p.m., the closing presentation of the City of Kirkwood’s Design Charrette master planning workshops will be held in the Upper Council Chambers.
The Downtown Kirkwood Connector program is organized and funded by Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District. Since 1975, the Downtown Kirkwood organization has served businesses and property owners in downtown Kirkwood through marketing, public area enhancements and administration of Kirkwood Farmers’ Market.