Monday, May 20, 2013
The city will host a final meeting to get public input in the downtown strategic planning process.
The City of Wheaton will host a final opportunity for input on the downtown streetscape and strategic plans at a public meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 at the DuPage County Historical Museum auditorium, 102 E. Wesley St. in Wheaton. City consultants from Design Workshop will present the ideas to be included in the downtown strategic and streetscape plans and ask for public input. The consultants will focus on how to promote redevelopment south of the tracks, how to prioritize the various ideas and improvements outlined in the plan, and the initial moves the city and local businesses can make to improve downtown Wheaton in the next few years. The session will include a short series of survey questions and the consultant team will …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The City of Wheaton opens another survey on the proposed ideas for downtown Wheaton.
Thursday, April 11
From the City of Wheaton If you were unable to attend last week’s open house presenting ideas for the long-term downtown plan being developed, the City encourages you to take this online survey so it can get your feedback about proposed ideas for Downtown Wheaton. At the April 4 meeting, representatives from Design Workshop, the design consultant contracted to create a strategic and streetscape plan for Downtown Wheaton, presented a number of recommended improvements for various streets in Downtown Wheaton. The meeting also presented design options for a linear “central park” along the Prairie Path and other options designed to improve various areas within Downtown. Now, you can provide guidance to the project team concerning the …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Consultants from Design Workshop present three "festival street" ideas for downtown Wheaton in strategic plan open house.
Consultants from Design Workshop last week presented ideas for downtown Wheaton as they work with city officials to establish a strategic plan for the area. Included in the presentation were mockups of possible "festival streets" that would be the destination site for major events such as the Taste of Wheaton, including Front Street, Hale Street, Karlskoga Avenue and Liberty Drive. On Hale Street, Design Workshop presented a design that would include "Tivoli-style" string lights with cable supports between street light poles, angled on-street parking areas, portable outdoor dining areas with perimeter planters and moveable decks, a planter area and a permeable paver system to accommodate and transport excess storm water run-off. The …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Community can hear presentation of ideas for downtown Wheaton Thursday, Feb. 28.
Residents will have the chance to ask questions and hear city consultants' ideas for shaping the future of downtown Wheaton at a community open house Thursday, Feb. 28. The Design Workshop consultant team solicited initial input from the community last fall regarding the vision for downtown Wheaton and some general ideas for its improvement over the next 20 years. The project team analyzed a number of factors, including traffic, infrastructure and the local market, to assist the City Council in reaching a consensus “vision” for the downtown’s future, and presented findings at a Jan. 28 planning session. Their "vision" for downtown Wheaton focuses on leveraging public improvements to elevate it in the suburban market and pursuing new …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
City consultants present "vision" for downtown Wheaton plan that includes leveraging public improvements to elevate the area in the suburban market and pursuing opportunities for new development south of the train tracks.
City consultants shared on Monday a "vision" for downtown Wheaton that focuses on leveraging public improvements to elevate it in the suburban market and pursuing new development south of the train tracks. Downtown Wheaton is already in good shape, Design Workshop Associate Britt Palmberg told City Council. All the city really needs to do is "polish the apple." Palmberg presented findings to the council from evaluations of the city's traffic, public input and infrastructure, and a market study of downtown Wheaton that helped them form their proposed vision. The vision includes recommendations to pursue development south of the Metra tracks in keeping with the scale of existing development, prioritize short-term and long-term improvements …
Friday, January 25, 2013
A market study on downtown Wheaton looks at neighboring downtowns to provide "lessons learned" as the city works on its strategic vision.
Wheaton City Council next week will review community input, survey results, reports on traffic and infrastructure and the market study with consultants from Design Workshop as it works to create strategic and streetscape plans for downtown Wheaton. The 105-page market study of downtown Wheaton incorporated local and regional market conditions, trends impacting suburban downtowns, comparable downtown profiles and development recommendations and conclusions. According to the report, population and income are the factors impacting retail demand. The study says that because populations are not expected to grow in the next few decades and incomes may only grow modestly at a rate above inflation, retail demand would not normally grow on its …