Heart of the City: Phase 1 is focused on three areas that make up the heart of downtown: Peace Plaza, 1st Avenue and the Alley. This district will serve as the epicenter for the downtown area. Extensive public input and research influenced how the Heart of the City design team put together its plan for this space.

Peace Plaza

The East side of Peace Plaza will serve as the central engaging space for markets, public and private events, and daily use — it’s the heart of the Heart of the City. Key features will include:

 

  • Flexible seating and water feature
  • A new basin, water jets, and lighting for the Peace sculpture
  • ADA-compliant sidewalks
  • Year-round use and programming
  • Improved storm water drainage
  • Enhanced lighting for improved safety and a more welcoming feel
  • Increased outdoor space for businesses and restaurants
  • Additional trees to help block wind

1ST Avenue

1ST Avenue is being designed as a curbless, pedestrian-friendly street that will provide many benefits to enrich the Heart of the City experience, including:

 

  • ADA-compliant sidewalks and crosswalks
  • Year-round use and programming
  • Flexible seating based on universal design standards that accommodate people of all physical abilities
  • Increased outdoor space for businesses and restaurants
  • Enhanced lighting for improved safety and a more welcoming feel
  • More greenery! The space will have 80 trees (currently there are 7)
  • Improve stormwater management and sustainability through use of porous paving

Alley

The Alley will maintain its day-to-day use but also will offer other experiences through the integration of art, lighting, and additional space for local businesses. Here’s a preview of the enhancements:

 

  • New lighting throughout the alley to improve safety and create a more welcoming feel
  • Additional pedestrian routes in downtown
  • Mural arts program to highlight local artists
  • Additional year-round programming to get more use from the space
  • Increased outdoor space for businesses and restaurants

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