After 3 months in his role as “Downtown Revitalization Consultant”, Cary Bozeman gave his first quarter progress report to the Aberdeen City Council on Wednesday; showing what his group has made for the future of downtown.
Between March and May of this year, Bozeman went over 9 “Goals and Deliverables” they have accomplished;
- Interview council members and conducted goat setting retreat.
- Evaluated potential projects and established top 6 priorities.
- Spoke at public meetings four different times on the action plan. Also briefed key leaders in the community.
- Recommended three year action plan.
- Moved ahead on number 1 priority by retaining design team and project manager for Riverfront Park project.
- Met with potential federal and state funding sources including DOT, Ecology, Commerce, Rep. Kilmer, and state legislators.
- Created preliminary design for the Riverfront Park Project.
- Created a relationship with ARM, Aberdeen Revitalization Movement, and raised some private funding to support project planning.
- Established top 3 priorities.
Bozeman went over those top 3 priorities for the council.
- Purchase and develop Riverfront property and connect the Downtown.
- Create a Bold ad Impressive entrance to the Downtown with a World Class Visitors Center.
- Moderate the Traffic Impacts on downtown by adopting the new Urban Street Design Standards on Wishkah and Heron St.
Bozeman also went over the plans for the next 90 days.
- Work with the City to purchase the Riverfront Property.
- Work with Dept. of Ecology to fund environmental assessment work.
- Prepare grant applications for State Capital Budget to fund Park Development.
- Invite DOT officials to Aberdeen to discuss downtown traffic issues and future plans.
- Invite group of State Legislators to Aberdeen to discuss the three year downtown plan and ask for their support.
- Have meeting with the Visitors Center potential partners and develop a plan to proceed with the project.
- Develop a plan to purchase the available property near the entrance to the downtown over the bridge.
- Conduct a Breakfast Meeting for community leaders to discuss the downtown action plan.
- Raise private and public funding to support ARM and the downtown action plan.
Bozeman showed off his preliminary design for the downtown and riverfront
“That’s a preliminary design, for a piece of property we don’t own. What the heck?”
Bozeman has a 1 year contract with the City to produce results and begin the revitalization of the downtown.