City looking for input for Downtown renovation
“It’s been a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come”. (Sam Cooke–A Change is Gonna Come)
What I’m talking about is the Streetscape project that is now tentatively set for 2016. This project will involve the very center of downtown and while it will be a challenge, many cities have gone through it and in the end they are so much better for it. This is something that needs to be done and just like anything there are two ways to look at. I’ve chosen to look at this way, we, the community, have a once in a lifetime opportunity; the opportunity to be involved in not only the way our city will look, but the way it will grow and prosper.
The city of Rhinelander, Downtown Rhinelander Inc and you, the Rhinelander Community will be partnering to help the downtown through the work stage (buying local, making a point of shopping, eating etc., in the downtown, keeping our businesses thriving) and help design the look of our future.
The first step is a public meeting. The engineering firm involved with the project, Vierbicher Associates Inc. will be holding this meeting Wednesday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the Hext Theater, 25 S Brown Street. The purpose of this meeting is to inform you on the status of the downtown street reconstruction project and to solicit input on the design of the new Streetscape. If you want to know how and what is going to happen and you want to hear it from the horse’s mouth, please attend. There will also be a workshop which contains three stations. Each station will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear about different aspects of the street reconstruction and to provide comments and suggestions about how these different elements may be built.
The three stations will be: Streetscape Design, Construction Mitigation (getting around during construction) and Redevelopment Opportunities.
City staff, consultants and DRI members will be available to answer questions. Refreshments will be provided.
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Henry Ford.
For more information on the Streetscape program, visit www.rhinelanderstreetscape.com.
Maggie Steffen is available at 715-362-7374 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.