Grand Lake approves long awaited Streetscape Masterplan
March 19, 2015
After two years of monthly meetings the Grand Lake Grand Avenue Streetscape Masterplan has been adopted by the Board of Trustees.
According to the Masterplan document, available for viewing on the Grand Lake Town Web site, the Grand Avenue Streetscape Masterplan, "is a comprehensive effort to enhance the function and appearance of the street."
The Masterplan covers a 100-foot wide corridor from Portal Road to Hancock Street in downtown Grand Lake, the entirety of Grand Lake's main street between the store fronts on each side of the road. The Masterplan includes the town's boardwalks in the corridor.
The text of the document states it, "identifies existing problematic conditions on Grand Avenue and provides a variety of solutions for how they could be solved."
There are four major interventions to be undertaken in accordance with the Masterplan: Define the blocks of the first four blocks of Grand Avenue (Portal Road to Vine Street) with a driving lane, bike/snowmobile land, greenway and sidewalk; enhance the corners from Vine Street to Hancock Street with curb extensions to gain pedestrian space and safety; create seasonal mid-block extensions to bring pedestrian space and activity to the street; and create and clarify greenway regulations and development strategies to fully utilize this pedestrian space.
Elwin Crabtree of Grand Lake was one of numerous community residents who participated in the Design Committee that developed the Streetscape Masterplan. Crabtree explained the Committee was made up of citizen volunteers who attended monthly meetings at their own discretion.
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"Anybody who wanted to participate was allowed to come and participate," said Crabtree. "There were usually about five to six people at the meetings as well as the Town Manager (Jim White)."
The Design Committee met once a month for two years as they developed the Masterplan. According to Crabtree the meetings were headed by Jim Cervenka, co-owner of the Grand Lake Art Gallery.
The Design Committee worked closely with local architectural firm Munn Architecture, LLC. Scott Munn- AIA, principal of Munn Architecture said, "It was a wonderful opportunity for us as a local firm to be able to be a part of this. … I'm looking forward to seeing it become a reality. I believe it will help the local economy."
Munn Architecture started working on the project in May of 2014. Munn said the Masterplan divides Grand Avenue in Grand Lake into two separate districts: the rustic district and the historic district. The first four blocks of Grand Avenue after turning off of Portal Road are the rustic district and the last four blocks, including the downtown business area, are the historic district.
Munn said the plan intends, "to take the rustic aspects of Grand Lake and link them together a bit better."
Grand Lake Town Planner Joe Billner explained now that the Masterplan has been adopted the Design Committee and the Board of Trustees will begin looking at funding sources to cover the cost of any projects undertaken by the town. No decisions have been made about taking action on any of the proposed major interventions.
You can view the Grand Lake Grand Avenue Streetscape Masterplan by going to http://www.townofgrandlake.com/planning-zoning-and-building and clicking on the "Town of Grand Lake Grand Avenue Streetscape Masterplan" hyperlink embedded in the middle of the page.