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Consultant to unveil recommendations for future of downtown

By Patrick Lynn

City officials have scheduled a public forum focusing on the heart of Stevens Point.

Billed as a “Community Conversation”, the event actually will include presentations from a third-party consultant on the possible future look of downtown Stevens Point.

Madison-based urban planning firm Vandewalle & Associates will showcase their recommendations on May 23. The firm will hold an open house format following a brief presentation of possible plans for the downtown. Members of the public will be asked to fill out surveys with their thoughts and opinions of the new plans.

The city held a general public input meeting in January, taking input from about 100 residents on the strengths, weaknesses, and uses of two key areas in the city, Division St. North and the downtown district. Based on that information, the firm created a series of draft recommendations for both areas of the city.

Plans for the future of Division St. North were unveiled in March.

The future plans, according to Community Development Director Michael Ostrowski, will “build on prior plans and technical studies, modern trends, and recent development activity,” and his office is expecting a heightened level of community engagement in the future of the city.

The meeting will be held 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, in the Community Engagement Room of Mid-State, 1001 Centerpoint Dr. The public is encouraged to attend and light refreshments will be served.