NDC to submit downtown plan to city
Downtown planning Finishing compiling the report, Newberg Downtown Coalition recommends First Street be changed to a two-way thoroughfare and that a street downtown be closed
The Downtown Transformation Project is entering the final planning stages with a report full of recommendations being submitted to the city in the next week.
Weve had the two public meetings; weve got a whole bunch of input from people, said Mike Ragsdale, Newberg Downtown Coalition executive director. Were going to prepare a quite specific report to submit to the city that will form the direction to downtown after the City Council approves it.
He added that there are a few clear standout ideas the NDC will include in its proposal to the city.
Clearly what the group decided in meetings is wanting to request First Street become a two-way (thoroughfare), Ragsdale said. Theres a strong leaning to recommend that either Howard or School be closed permanently and turned into a parklike setting between First and Hancock (streets).
There was also support for increasing focus on public art.
The Newberg Downtown Coalition will be taking the lead on forming a public art task force, he said.
With finalization of the report around the corner, the NDC will also be able to finish its application for a Transformation and Growth Management Grant from the state.
In our last request for one, the grant had to say we will be visioning. As part of the process, we were scored down a little bit because it didnt have that word done, Ragsdale said. They didnt really want to fund that. Now weve gone ahead and gotten (visioning) out of the way.
The preliminary grant application will be submitted in the next week, with a final submission due in mid-June.
Its really moving along, he said. I think itll be a really nice report and were anxious to keep it moving.