City Seeks Public Input on Downtown Master Plan
After two decades of planning, phased infrastructure/facility projects and land acquisition, the City has reached a juncture where executing its Downtown Master Plan and Phase 1 construction of a 900 foot extension of Pueblo Boulevard to the north, starting at the intersection of Wendover Boulevard, is ready to begin. This Phase 1 Downtown area, which encompasses approximately 60 acres, will include a community plaza and sites for mixed uses including commercial/residential developments along with future civic/public facilities.
City Manager Chris Melville remarked, “You may see a variety of building styles and architectural elements in the city’s Downtown area and though different they all reflect on the common theme of our rugged community and that we are a diamond in the rough surrounded by the deserts of the Great Basin, where we not only provide shelter and a place of rest and recuperation as a destination for visitors but a place where we nurture and grow families and friendships among our residents and visitors alike.”
The uses you can envision within the Downtown might include: Major art for public view located in the Victory Plaza; two or three story buildings with small retail shops and/or restaurants with outdoor seating on the lower floor level and residential apartments on the upper floors; the Historic Victory Highway Interpretive Trail being used as a thoroughfare for pedestrians linking the various segments of the Downtown with other parts of Wendover Boulevard; and, though the Downtown in the future will certainly include a national chain hotel such as Courtyard Marriott, Baymont by Wydam, Hampton Inn & Suites, etc., there is no plan or intent for casino developments in the Downtown area. Long-time city planning and zoning keeps casino activities within currently established zones, located east and west of the Downtown area.
The community is highly encouraged to take 5, 10, 15 minutes or more and go to the interactive Downtown Plan website, review the materials, view the plans, and provide feedback. The website is designed in an easy to follow step format.
The website will be active through August 7th at which time the architect team will gather the feedback and report back to the city on what the community thinks about the plan and where we are headed. Once a final decision is made by the City Council to proceed, which is expected at the August 18th meeting, the city will move forward with adoption of the Downtown Master Plan and proceed with final engineering design and construction of the Downtown Phase 1 infrastructure. Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2021.
Click Here to access the Downtown Master Plan website: westwendoverdowntown.com