Partnering for Parker's Progress, called P3, wants to know what Parker residents would like to see developed on four empty lots on the eastern end of Mainstreet. Prior plans presented to the town …
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Partnering for Parker's Progress, called P3, wants to know what Parker residents would like to see developed on four empty lots on the eastern end of Mainstreet.
Prior plans presented to the town have not been viable, and P3 is hoping to get a better idea of what the community wants. The land includes a lot in front of the PACE Center, one just west of the library and Discovery Park, and two starting from the east of Victorian Drive on Mainstreet to where Mainstreet dead-ends on the eastern side.
“The land was purchased to develop by the town,” said Weldy Feazell, redevelopment manager for P3. “We have gone through several iterations with developers, and those just didn't go through for varying reasons. Some of that was because of public input in opposition of the project, and the feeling they weren't involved in the process.”
Now P3 wants Parker residents to tell them what they really want.
“We're pretty aware of what residents don't want,” said Feazell. “Keeping in mind that the properties were purchased for development, we really would like ideas from the community on what they do want. Obviously we can't just keep them for open spaces, they need to be developed and there needs to be some revenue stream from the development.”
P3 has kicked off its “My Mainstreet” project, which allows residents to visit www.p3parker.com/my-mainstreet to provide feedback and guide improvements during the next nine months. Comments will be taken through October.
P3 has already started a market analysis, and the goal, according to Feazell, is for P3 and the Town of Parker to be armed with guidelines that will be used as the framework for developers interested in building in downtown Parker.
In addition to the website, Feazell said they are willing to engage the community in a variety of ways to make it easier for residents to provide input.
“We want to make sure the public has plenty of input into what's happening, not only online, but also through public outreach and presentations through town hall meetings,” said Feazell. “And you can also contact us directly.”
Town Administrator Michelle Kivela said the My Mainstreet project is a good way to plan for the future of Mainstreet in a way that should bring the community together.
“Through the My Mainstreet project, Parker residents and business owners have the unique opportunity to work closely with P3, the Town of Parker and the development community to help plan for the future of Mainstreet in a thoughtful and sustainable way,” Kivela said.
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