June 19, 2008 Public Meeting #1
The first public meeting for the Downtown East/West Corridor Study was held on Thursday, June 19 from 5 PM to 7:30 PM in the lobby of Redmond City Hall. City staff and project consultants were on hand to share ideas about the study. A brief presentation was given at 5:45 PM.
Click on the link provided to see the meeting announcement flyer distributed throughout the community.
Following are links to meeting materials that were on display on June 19
Downtown East/West Corridor Phasing Schedule
Bear Creek Parkway Extension (Phase 1)
Design - Complete
Construction - 2008/2009
Two-Way Traffic Conversion plus Cleveland Street Build-out and Central Promenade (Phase 2)
Design - 2009/2010
Construction - 2010/2011
New Connections and Redmond Way Widening (Phase 3)
Design and Construction - 2010 + On-going by City and Private Development
Sound Transit (Phase 4)
Design and Construction is pending (future plan)
Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad
Public Meeting Comments
Comments from the public meeting are currently being gathered and transcribed. With the next public meeting tentatively scheduled for the fall, Redmond residents and business owners are encouraged to submit comments about the proposed plans for the Downtown East/West Corridor anytime throughout the summer. Click on the link provided to access the comment sheet, which includes instructions on how to submit your comments to City staff.
As the comments are being reviewed, some themes are emerging. Generally, respondents are in agreement that Redmond Way and Cleveland Street should be converted back to two-way traffic. Respondents are also pleased with the proposed pedestrian-friendly future of Downtown Redmond, and would like to see this area eventually become a social center full of art and entertainment. Some respondents are concerned about adequate parking and request a better understanding of the proposed changes to Redmond Way and Cleveland Street.
November 17, 2008 Public Meeting #2
The second public meeting for the Downtown East/West Corridor Study was held on Monday, November 17 from 5 PM to 7:30 PM in the lobby of Redmond City Hall. City staff and project consultants were on hand to share a more finely-detailed preferred layout and cost estimates. Key topics at the meeting included the corridor plan, an implementation plan, and the BNSF Corridor.
Click on the link provided to see the postcard invitation to the November 17 Downtown East/West Corridor Study public meeting.
As meeting participants arrived at City Hall, they were greeted in the lobby by a visual representation of what proposed channelization changes on Redmond Way and Cleveland Street might look like.
A presentation was given at 5:30 during the public meeting that included a project overview, a description of the displays that were available at the meeting, and a summary of next steps.
Cross section graphics and the long-term corridor plan that lays out what the street network in the area would look like as public and private projects move forward were also available at the November 17 public meeting.
Proposed City Project
The project the City recommends constructing once the Bear Creek Parkway Extension is completed includes improvements at each end of the one-way streets, new north/south street connections at 161 and 164 Avenue NE, and a full reconstruction of Cleveland Street and intersection improvements along Redmond Way. The links show a plan view of the project as well as a street level view of what the project would look like.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad Corridor Concept
Click on the link provided to see an early concept that illustrates what the vision for the corridor might look like once it is implemented. More work on this effort will be done in 2009 in cooperation with King County.
Meeting participants contributed their comments on the City's proposal for helping to revitalize Downtown. Click on the links provided to see voting board results and a transcription of the comment cards deposited with City staff at the meeting. A general summary of the comments indicates that the community thinks the City is headed in the right direction with this project.