The City of Montpelier has announced three upcoming public forums aimed at soliciting resident feedback on important development projects in the City.
On Wednesday, October 9th, Gary Toth from the Project for Public Spaces (https://www.pps.org/) will visit Montpelier to share with residents some ideas on the use of public spaces. The Project for Public Spaces is committed to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Mr. Toth will provide guiding principles on the use of public spaces and will facilitate a conversation with residents and city officials on how Montpelier can best use city assets.
“This is an exciting opportunity to bring in a national expert to help our community frame upcoming conversations about development, engagement, and our community resources to continue to improve and sustain our vibrant downtown and our excellent parks and recreational areas,” said Mayor John Hollar about the October 9th forum. This forum will be held from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday, October 9th in the Ethan Allan Room at Capitol Plaza.
In the weeks following this initial discussion, two other targeted forums on projects will be hosted by the city. On Wednesday, October 16th a forum on the development of the Multi-Modal Transit Center at 1 Taylor Street will be held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall from 6pm to 8pm. The focus of this forum is to provide an update on the project concepts and timeline and to solicit input from residents on the vision and design of the future Multi-Modal Transit Center and potential upper floor development. Potential development partners will be invited to the forum to hear resident feedback as they consider their proposals.
Finally, on Wednesday, October 30th from 6pm to 8pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, there will be a public forum to present the preliminary plans for the Montpelier bike path that will extend the current path from Granite Street to Gallison Hill Road. City officials and engineers from DuBois & King will be on hand to present the preliminary plans and receive resident feedback.
“These three forums present a great opportunity to capture the ideas and creativity of our community as we move forward with important development projects in Montpelier. We are fortunate to have the Project for Public Spaces in Montpelier on October 9th to kick-off this series of discussions and help us think about other creative uses of our spaces.” Mayor Hollar stated. “I look forward to fruitful discussions with residents at all three of these forums.”