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Location: Platteville, CO
Platteville requested design ideas for how their downtown could be improved to encourage new retail and bring their growing population into the downtown to visit and shop. The design work requested was to cover improvement of the sidewalk pedestrian space, addition of local public square or plaza, addition of planters, pedestrian lighting, trees, banners, etc.
The designs offered recognized the need to improve their main street but also the potential to connect the retail area with a nearby community park. Entry signage and roadway improvements were also highlighted. Some street closure was identified as a potential way to clean up that part of the town and to enhance the main street traffic. Parking was also an important part of the final design. Spray pad plaza’s and room for a farmers market were provided in the designs.
The town readily accepted the design ideas and have incorporated the goals of our study into their newly updated Comprehensive Plan.
Project Team: Nikhila Ramineedi, Sara Morse, Stacy Ester, Haipeng Zhang, Mike Tupa (Project Coordinator)
Local Participants:Town Manager and his Downtown Design Committee
DOLA Regional Manager: Don Sandoval