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Public meeting scheduled for Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets Plan


Colorado Springs residents, businesses and other stakeholders are invited to be part of the future vision for Academy Boulevard as part of the Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets Plan. This phase of the process is focusing on the stretch of Academy from Maizeland Road to Drennan Road. A public meeting will be held June 24, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Sierra High School Commons Room, 2250 Jet Wing Drive. The meeting will include a presentation at 5 p.m., followed by a question and answer session and informal discussions. The Great Streets Plan represents the facilitation of an inclusive community dialogue in which all citizen and business interests along the corridor are encouraged to come out, meet your neighbors, and share your experiences and ideas through a collaborative process. All interests along the corridor are important stakeholders, working together to bring a better vision forward for the future.

For more information about the public meeting, or for special ADA accommodations, call(719) 385-5391 or email: info@AcademyBlvdGreatStreets.com. More study information is available on the project's Web page: www.AcademyBlvdGreatStreets.com.

"There are a significant number of businesses in the study area and about 60,000 people living along this segment of Academy Boulevard," says Carl Schueler, project manager for the City of Colorado Springs. "Public input is an important element of this study and the study team is eager to hear from every segment of the community potentially impacted by this plan. This corridor also represents a culturally-rich and diverse population. As such," says Schueler," we are reaching into all parts of the community, seeking participation across social, cultural, generational lines, and from residents, businesses and organizations. The June 24 public meeting provides a forum for informal discussion and a platform for dialog on how we can work together to build on the unique characteristics of the Academy Boulevard Corridor for the future. "Citizens and business interests are encouraged to participate in the discussion of existing corridor characteristics, a model for future land use alternatives, transportation/transit options and plans to support revitalization.  A second public meeting at the conclusion of the study will be scheduled to present the plan to the public.

Key properties along the corridor will be evaluated, including major commercial business, multi-family and vacant developable properties within a quarter mile of Academy Boulevard.  

WHAT ARE GREAT STREETS?

The Great Streets web site (www.greatstreets.org) describes them as "a new respect for local communities and traditions in how streets are planned, built and maintained. Streets are central to building these new, 'traditional' communities because of the critical role they play in creating a unique community identity, healthy business environment and public space for citizens to use and enjoy." Some characteristics of Great Streets include:
  • Great Streets are representative of their places.  A Great Street reflects the neighborhood through which it passes and has a scale and design appropriate to the character of the abutting properties and land uses.
  • Great Streets allow people to walk comfortably and safely.  The pedestrian environment on, along and near the street is well-designed and well-furnished. 
  • Great Streets provide mobility.  Great Streets strike an appropriate balance among the three elements of modern mobility: through travel, local circulation and access. 
  • Great Streets facilitate place-making.  Great Streets incorporate within them places that are memorable and interesting.  These may include plazas, pocket parks, attractive intersections and corners, or simply wide sidewalks fostering an active street life.
  • Great Streets are green.  Great Streets provide an attractive and refreshing environment by working with natural systems.  They incorporate environmentally sensitive design standards and green development techniques.
The Colorado Springs office of CH2M HILL, with support from several Colorado Springs-and Colorado-based firms, will conduct the study, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year.