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Hastings DDA talks streetscapes at workshop

Two proposals defining a scope of work and plan for downtown streetscape improvements in Hastings were the focus of the Hastings Downtown Development Authority on Monday.

 

The workshop, at the Ace Hardware meeting center, was hosted by Community Development Director Dan King and involved city council members and officials, DDA board members and downtown merchants who heard presentations from two firms.

 

Ken Bosma and Matthew Levandoski of Prein & Newhof were the first presenters. They discussed a project process that would incorporate stakeholders and engage city officials and downtown merchants in ways that would define a final concept.

 

Project manager/planner Rebecca Harvey, engineer Mickey Bittner and landscape architect Ben Baker of McKenna/Wightman discussed their project process, which would start with listening, open dialogue and the understanding of what success would look like.

 

After the presentations, King said, “This type of project, it's big. This is not a five-year project. We're looking out 25, 40 years. So planning commission, city council, Department of Public Services, business team: We are looking for a lot of input. We don't know the cost yet, but we can presume it's pretty significant dollars.

 

“We would value all of your input.”

 

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