City council will be voting Monday on a proposal by city staff to hire POND & Co to conduct a master plan for the area that is being called the East West Alley. I didn't know it had a name but apparently now it does. The boundary map is below.
The Primary focus will be the Web St area from Canton St to Mimosa. From the city memorandum:
The purpose of the master plan is to have a comprehensive development approach in the alleys built on consensus and good planning principles including land use, transportation and stormwater.
I sure do hope they adhere to the "good planning principles" piece of that statement. A charette will be conducted at some point during the process and everyone who is interested should pay attention to that and participate if possible. I will provide dates when they become available in a subsequent post.
Here are some things I would like to see in that area..
- Mixed-Use + Parking - How about a mixed-use building to replace the Antique Market that would front Canton Street, have shops along Webb St and have a parking deck in the back. Maybe a good use would be a hotel.
- Playground - How about a small playground somewhere? I've always thought the Canton Street area was lacking a high quality playground that parents could stop off at.
- NO WIDE ROADS - part of the coolness of alleys is that they are narrow and cozy. DOT, please don't ruin that with 10+ foot lanes. Please.
- Fill the Missing Teeth - in addition to the missing tooth that is the Antique Market parking lot, we need to fill in the missing tooth that is the space just to the south of the Board of Trade. That spot is in need of a building.
What do you think should be emphasized in this master plan?