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South Recycling & Disposal Station Redevelopment project site.
Redevelopment of this site will include a new walking path on 5th Avenue South that will connect to an existing path north of the site. The design team is considering different options for benches and other visual interest features along the path, including found art pedestals. To gather input on these elements, two project team members attended the Concord Elementary School Carnival on June 17, 2016 to ask people about their thoughts on the proposed wire basket bench (pdf) and found art pedestal (pdf). Read the input we gathered in the outreach update #1 summary (pdf).
Redevelopment of the site will require tree removal from the SPU-owned property, which also sits on the site of an existing landfill. In an attempt to explore potential tree mitigation locations and options, three members of the SPU project team met with Paulina Lopez of DRCC and Linn Gould of JHA on June 29, 2016. Read about existing site conditions, requirements for tree replacement, tree mitigation design approach and meeting notes in the outreach update #2 summary (pdf).
In August 2016, members of the SPU project team held two open drop-in sessions to share Design updates on the project. One session (advertised via direct mail, email and social media) was geared toward local community members. The second drop-in session invited neighboring business owners and landlords to learn more about the project (via direct mail and door-to-door outreach). Both sessions focused on project updates, including: status on the public art element, the new walking path on 5th Avenue South, street and sidewalk improvements, and operational impacts.
Based on community feedback, SPU convened a project stakeholder group consisting of South Park residents, representatives from community-based organizations, and business owners. The group met four times throughout 2016 to learn about the project, provide input and represent community perspectives. Meeting presentations and notes are available at the links below.