About the Project
The Thurston Village Revitalization Project includes the design and construction of Right of Way improvements on Thurston Rd between Ravenwood Ave and Brooks Ave. These improvements will enhance the urban village feel of the corridor. The City will explore opportunities for Improvements in aesthetics, lighting, safety, street furniture, street trees, walkability, traffic, signage and gateway features as part of this project.
The City has been using a 4-step planning process for the development of revitalization plans for the City’s neighborhood commercial areas. The simple yet comprehensive community planning approach includes extensive community and stakeholder participation, the development of a vision, an economic overview, a community design plan, and an action/implementation strategy. The process is flexible, community-based, and action oriented. A modified version of the 4-step process was used to develop the Thurston Village Revitalization Plan. This project is an outcome of each of the four planning steps.
The planning area encompasses the Thurston Rd corridor from Ravenwood Ave to Brooks Ave. The area includes primarily commercial and mixed-use buildings with some single-family and multi-family residential buildings.
Funding and Proposed Work
Mayor Thomas S. Richards submitted legislation to City Council that would accelerate major infrastructure and capital projects planned for future years creating jobs and allowing for work to begin within a few months. This project will be locally funded with no federal or state funds anticipated.
The City’s good credit rating and the unusually low interest rates for municipal debt will allows the City to borrow at historically low rates. This will allow the city to put people to work rebuilding our infrastructure.
- Consultant Selection May, 2013
- Begin Design June, 2013
- Final Plans, Specifications and Estimate, Spring, 2014
- Receive Construction Bids, Spring, 2014
- Begin Construction, Summer, 2014
- Substantially Complete, Fall, 2014
Project Design Team
A Public Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at the Arnett Branch Library, 310 Arnett Blvd, from 6-8pm. Members of the Thurston Village design team will present and discuss preliminary design alternatives, scope, and themes. The design team is seeking feedback from the public and key stakeholders on these aspects of the project.
In 2007 the City hosted two Visioning Workshops and one Community Planning and Design Workshop. These community meetings resulted in the 2009 Thurston Road Revitalization Plan.
If you have questions or need additional information, contact the City's Project Manager, Mr. Jason Nabewaniec at (585) 428-8858 or email him.