August 13, 2018 - The initial draft design for landscape/streetscape part of the Wilton Drive makeover was unveiled last week in a Wilton Drive Improvement District workshop. The design consultant, Metro Consulting, unveiled the plan, along with some renderings that give an idea of how the sidewalks might look. You can review the Metro presentation here.
The next step will be for the consultant to garner and process feedback from staff, residents and business owners. There will be an additional meeting to review the plan some time in October 2018.
As a reminder, the design of the lane elimination portion of the project is complete. FDOT awarded the contract and construction is scheduled to begin in the fall. The construction of the roadway reconfiguration is expected to take about a year. See the final Wilton Drive Roadway Project Plans here. After completion, the landscape/streetscape phase of the project will commence. While it might seem logical to do them both at the same time, Wilton Drive is a state road and state rules don't allow for these two phases to happen simultaneously. The good news is that the state and MPO are paying for the lane elimination, with the City being responsible for the streetscaping.
June 20, 2018 - Thank you so much to all who showed interest in participating in the Wilton Drive Landscape/Streetscape workshop. Click here to see the powerpoint presented by the City's consultant, Metro Consulting.
This was the first step in the design process and your feedback will be helpful as we continue to conceptualize plans that will enhance the Wilton Drive landscape/streetscape.
The June 19th workshop provided good community consensus on the preferred landscaping materials. There was not much support for any of the street furniture elements, so we will be sourcing new options for the hardscape. If you have any suggestions or ideas, we would like to hear from you.
Mark your calendars - the next opportunity for public information and outreach will be August 8, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wilton Drive Improvement District meeting, which will be held at Hagen Park Community Center. At that meeting, the consultant will present a preliminary design in a more formal setting.