Broadway plan wins acclaim, approval.Byline: DIANE DIETZ The Register-Guard
v. gushed, gush·ing, gush·es
1. To flow forth suddenly in great volume: water gushing from a hydrant.
2. with enthusiasm, the Eugene City Council unanimously approved a $2.4 million plan Wednesday for reopening Broadway.
City staff members said they would open the rebuilt street just in time to block it off for the annual Eugene Celebration The Eugene Celebration is an annual community celebration and civic event held in downtown Eugene, Oregon, United States. Featuring bands and performers from throughout the Pacific Northwest, the three-day festival is held in early September and attracts more than 40,000 attendees in the downtown blocks in September.
"Bravo on the work you've done," Councilor coun·cil·or also coun·cil·lor
A member of a council, as one convened to advise a governor. See Usage Note at council.
coun Pat Farr told the staff. "This is great."
The newly designed city streetscape street·scape
1. An artistic representation of a street.
2. Surroundings composed of streets: the urban streetscape. will replace the remnants of a pedestrian shopping mall created 30 years ago when the city sealed off Broadway Off Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions.
Off Broadway theatres (venues) are those with 100 to 499 seats. , Willamette and Olive streets.
The mall concept fell out of favor after businesses fled or failed and homeless youths laid claim to the area.
The city reopened Olive Street in 1992 and followed with Willamette Street in 1996. Voters approved reopening Broadway by a 2-to-1 ratio last September.
The City Council was happy with the financing package that the staff assembled to pay for the reconstruction of the street: $1.6 million from the Lane County road fund, $634,000 from the city and $200,000 in the form of a promissory note promissory note, unconditional written promise to pay a certain sum of money at a definite time to bearer or to a specified person on his order. Promissory notes are generally used as evidence of debt. from property owners along the street.
The private contribution was negotiated by Downtown Eugene Inc.
"We easily reached agreement," City Manager Jim Johnson said.
The public/private proportions were roughly equal to the mix government and business paid to reopen Willamette Street, Johnson said.
Councilor Bonny Bonny (bŏn`ē), town, SE Nigeria, in the Niger River delta, on the Bight of Biafra. In the 18th and 19th cent., Bonny was the center of a powerful trading state, and in the 19th cent. it became the leading site for slave exportation in W Africa. Bettman said the city should assess property owners so they pay more than the $200,000 share. The city contribution to the project is ``$634,000 of very business-friendly dollars,'' she said. Still, Bettman said she was so supportive of the project, she couldn't help but vote yes.
Councilors also seemed enamored en·am·or
tr.v. en·am·ored, en·am·or·ing, en·am·ors
To inspire with love; captivate: was enamored of the beautiful dancer; were enamored with the charming island. with the street features that a public/private team of designers came up with.
The look is patterned after the existing East Broadway - the block with Zenon Cafe and J. Michaels Books - largely because it's the most successful commercial block downtown, team member Denny Braud said.
Features include generous 12-foot sidewalks that are meant to be meeting and gathering areas, which can accommodate outdoor bistro seating - all shaded with no fewer than 60 trees.
"I envision this as a place where people linger," Farr said.
The designers abandoned an earlier plan for a gently meandering street. Businesses didn't like the idea because drivers would have to concentrate on the curves instead of being able to glance at store windows, city staff members said.
The new road will have 10-foot-wide traffic lanes with landscaped center medians to create the psychological sense of narrowing and make drivers slow down.
The design also features "bulb outs" where the sidewalk bulges into the street, and gradually tapered, 6-inch-high bumps at pedestrian crossings.
That's a departure from the Willamette Street reopening design, where engineers chose wider lanes to make it easier for bicycles and cars to share the road. But that design backfired when the wide lanes allowed auto traffic to speed up.
"It's less hospitable for bicyclists," Chris Henry There are two American football players named Chris Henry:
Councilor Betty Taylor looked over the plans and asked, "Is there a guarantee it will look better than Willamette?"
"In my estimation, yes," Public Works public works
Construction projects, such as highways or dams, financed by public funds and constructed by a government for the benefit or use of the general public.
Noun 1. Director Kurt Corey said.
The new street was designed to easily convert to an outdoor festival site, Henry said. The street surface will be level with Broadway Plaza Broadway Plaza is the name of various places:
The design team asked for feedback from property owners, neighbors, downtown merchants and the public repeatedly before finalizing the plans, Corey said.
"No single entity owns the design," he said. "They were all in on it."
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You can assist by [ editing it] now. praised the result. "This balances all the interests quite well," he said.
The council also liked the proposed time line, which calls for design work to be completed in the next couple of weeks, the bid package to be ready in six weeks, the construction to get under way by May - and the grand opening (and closure) in time for the Eugene Celebration.
City staffers were all smiles after the high-spirited council meeting.
"This is an important project, symbolically more than anything," Braud said.
That's especially true when it's considered alongside all the initiatives planned - or under construction - downtown, including the new city library, the new federal courthouse and the revamped train station, Braud said.
"If they do happen like we think they'll happen, it's easy to get excited about downtown being a better place," he said.