City launches website to collect ideas on downtown redevelopment

(spiritofdowntownfrankfort.com)

A new city website designed to solicit more public input on downtown Frankfort’s redevelopment went live last weekend.

The site, which houses an online survey, is part of the city’s and consultant CityVisions’ efforts to craft a plan for what should occupy the land where the Frankfort Convention Center and Fountain Place Shops once stood. CityVisions is tasked with engaging citizens and crafting sub-plans for not only the Capital Plaza area but also Frankfort’s west and south riverfronts.

According to the new website’s creator, City Planner Jordan Miller, spiritofdowntownfrankfort.com has so far generated more than 20 new responses to a survey that asks visitors about downtown Frankfort’s needs and assets.

And, while no written public comments have yet been left on the site’s “Questions/Comments” section, a public “Photo Board” on which visitors are encouraged to post images with ideas from other downtowns has begun to fill up.

The site’s goal is to provide “another avenue” for people to share information on downtown redevelopment, Miller told The State Journal. As the so-called master plan being crafted by CityVisions takes shape, the website will be used to share maps and digital renderings of downtown, Miller said.

In addition to the public-comment sections, the site invites visitors to submit inquiries privately on its “Contact Us” page.

The site’s launch comes amid calls from county leaders for increased transparency and inclusiveness in the planning process. The city has also added a public forum to be held at Capital City Christian Church on Tuesday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. for those who could not attend a similar forum held in February. A third public meeting is slated to follow a week later on the evening of May 8 at downtown Frankfort’s former Mitchell’s Clothing Store building.

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