|How can we improve Broadway?
From January to March 2012, the City of Beaverton led a community outreach effort to learn about the types of improvements that property owners, business owners, and visitors would like to see on Broadway Street in Central Beaverton, the goal of this project is to support the area by providing increased pedestrian amenities to attract new visitors and to help businesses thrive. As one of the first steps in the implementation of the Beaverton Community Vision and Civic Plan, the City plans to start improvements to Broadway Street in summer of 2012.
"Collaborating with residents, business owners and property owners on ways to improve Broadway will begin the transformation to a more vibrant and central downtown, which comes straight out of the Community Vision," said Jolene Guptill of the Beaverton Downtown Associations.
Final Recommendation (Draft May 2012)
With broad participation from business and property owners on the street, as well as representatives from stakeholder groups throughout Beaverton, the project team developed a draft project design which will be reviewed by City Council on June 19. To provide comments on the project as a whole or a specific element, please complete the feedback form. The five goals for the project are:
1. Ensure a welcoming atmosphere and more friendly crossings for bicyclists and pedestrians coming into the Broadway area.
- Add or update street furniture to increase convenience for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Enhance pedestrian crossings.
- Increase street lighting to increase visibility and vibrancy.
- Use lighting to create a friendly and festive atmosphere.
- Street Trees.
2. Provide a network of inviting public gathering spaces in plazas and street side seating.
- Create new and improved public spaces, including plazas in key locations and a potential pilot "parklet" for sidewalks seating that would transform into more permanent improvements. For more information on "parklets" see attached resource list.
3. Clearly define parking areas near the Broadway area and make them easier to locate and use.
- Define available parking spaces
- Direct drivers to long-term parking near the district
- Increase usability of parking west of Watson on Broadway.
4. Showcase historic Broadway as a special and welcoming place through plazas, gateways, lighting, and art.
- Add vertical entry markers to define the Historic Broadway District.
- Use public art to increase visual interest in the Broadway District.
5. Provide utilities and amenities to enable community gatherings and festivals in the street.
- Provide easy-to-access outdoor utilities.
- Explore adding wi-fi hotspots
Broadway at West looking southeast. The intersection of Broadway at West would be enhanced with accented pedestrian crossings and outdoor seating treatment.
Broadway at West looking west. New street furniture including bike racks and benches would provide an enjoyable environment for pedestrians.
Download the draft maps of the entire plan area.
Upcoming City Council presentation - Postponed to future date.
City Council Meeting - Agenda with Final Report & Recommendations
Tuesday, June 19
The project team will present the final recommendation to Council for how to proceed with the project.
Two ways to give feedback:
Feedback form: All comments will be included as part of the public comment log preparation for the City Council meeting. Please provide your thoughts on the project by filling out the public feedback form.
Attend City Council. There will be an opportunity for public comment at the City Council meeting on June 19th at 6:30 pm.
Building on the significant public participation gained through the Beaverton Community Vision and the Civic Plan, the City conducted an efficient and targeted outreach process to obtain feedback on specific improvements to Broadway Street. Between January and March 2012, the City hosted three events associated with the Broadway Streetscape Enhancement Project at the Beaverton History Center and co-sponsored by the Beaverton Downtown Association (BDA). Attended by about forty people each time, the events provided an opportunity for the community to establish design priorities for the project and to give feedback on the preliminary design concepts. The process specifically engaged property owners along Broadway Street to ensure the improvements will ultimately be supportive of their interests and vitality. Previous events included:
Monday, February 6
Preliminary Design Open House
Monday, March 5
Walking Tour & Forum
Tuesday, January 17
7:30-9:30 am AND 4:00-6:00 pm
Preliminary Design Concepts, March 2012 (PDF)
Gallery of Design Ideas, February 2012
Broadway Festival Street Design Flyer, January 2012 (PDF)
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