The purpose of this Downtown Connectivity Study is to advance the City Council’s vision for a pedestrian-friendly waterfront and downtown, while maintaining or enhancing the vehicular travel flow through downtown. The project team will develop, evaluate and prioritize street improvements in the area of George Washington Way between Williams Boulevard and Bradley Boulevard, a one-mile stretch. Ultimately the findings and recommendation will be presented to City Council and Planning Commission for selection of a preferred approach.
The City of Richland has been working since the early 2000s to improve the Central Business District. Several studies have been performed and documents have been created since then, including the Waterfront Branding and Development Vision Reference Guide, Creating a Civic Heart Workshop Proceedings, and the Swift Corridor and Civic Center Study, to guide the City’s vision of achieving a center for housing, employment, shopping, recreation, professional services and culture. Most recently, in 2018, the City Council adopted an update to its Strategic Leadership Plan with six focus areas. One of the focus areas, Increase Economic Vitality, includes an objective to improve streets to enhance walkability in the core downtown area.
The City understands that public input helps shape a community-appropriate solution. The project team will provide opportunities for the public to provide input at key milestones throughout the study process. To provide input, you may also contact Bryant Kuechle at BK@LangdonGroupInc.com or at (208) 739-3048.