“Design It!”, the third phase of the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 community visioning and Master Plan update process will conclude with a two-day workshop to “Imagine Downtown” on Tuesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 12. Both meetings will be open house format and will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Rose Street Market, located at 303 N Rose Street.
The first night will focus on obtaining ideas and input for the future of downtown. Urban designers, city staff, and downtown organizations will be on hand to answer questions, take input, and work through transformative project design solutions for out downtown. Tables will be set up asking residents how they live, work or play downtown, and downtown districts will be examined for possible projects or improvements such as public infrastructure improvements, key development sites and underdeveloped sites.
On April 12, attendees can review the information and ideas that were collected (including concepts and drawings from the April 11 open house) and vote for their preferences. At 6:00 p.m. Mayor Bobby Hopewell will speak and give a presentation on the Imagine Kalamazoo process.
These two events will mark the end of the last major public outreach phase of Imagine Kalamazoo 2025, which will then enter the “Draft It!” phase. City staff will begin creating a draft Master Plan based on all of the input that has been received throughout the process. The draft plan will be made available for public comment and review before it is finalized and presented to the City Commission for approval later this year. Once approved, the Master Plan will guide City policies and actions to achieve the goals established in the plan.
Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 is a community effort to update the City of Kalamazoo’s Strategic Vision and Master Plan that was initiated in the spring of 2016. The effort has been assisted by a group of dedicated volunteers representing each neighborhood and a wide range of interests. Imagine Kalamazoo has hosted meetings throughout the City, attended events, and conducted surveys in a comprehensive effort to reach as many community members as possible. The process has resulted in nearly 3,200 engagements thus far.
You can follow the progress of the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Strategic Vision and Master Plan Update process and find out ways to get involved at www.imaginekalamazoo.com.