Roundtable Workshop on South Highway 3 Friday and Saturday

Nov 16 2012 8:00 am
Nov 17 2012 8:30 am
Archer House, Lower Level conference room


The Northfield Roundtable invites the community to another workshop with urban designer, Bill Johnson, on Friday, November 16 in the Lower Level of the Archer House from 8 AM – 12 noon and again on Saturday, November 17 from 8:30 – 10 AM. 

This is the fifth workshop facilitated by Johnson to assist the community to envision what “could be” regarding current and future uses and configurations in key areas of the city. This session will focus on the Highway 3 South corridor from the Cannon River bridge south of 5th Street to Menards in Dundas. 

In the Friday session, the participants will share their ideas about ways to make the highway corridor more inviting as a gateway and a link within and between our communities, as a vital commercial area, and as a multimodal transportation corridor. Johnson will translate participant ideas and insights into visual concepts, share those preliminary conceptual illustrations at the Saturday session and invite feedback from participants. 

Previous workshops have focused on other parts of the city: Second Street East/West corridor (August 2010); 5th St. Corridor (January 2011); the Commons: highway, railroad and river corridors (April 2011); and the greater Bridge Square area (February 2012). 

The community input from those workshops is reflected in the first iteration of the Framework Plan that can be found at David Van Wylen, chair of the Northfield Roundtable, notes that the Framework Plan is not a fixed physical plan but contains “conceptual illustrations that capture community ideas for development/redevelopment; designed to be specific enough to inform and inspire, yet vague enough to imply broad directions and foster continual ideas.”  

Bill Johnson was first invited to Northfield by the EDA as a member of a team from Holland, MI, in May 2009.  Johnson had led that city in similar workshops to envision what “could be” in areas of Holland.  Those plans have proved to be highly utilized and valuable to the city.  The Roundtable anticipates similar outcomes of the Northfield conceptualizations for this community. 

The Roundtable is grateful to those who have participated in the process and provided rich ideas in previous sessions, and welcomes and encourages ongoing dialog among community members – most immediately in the November 16-17 workshop.