ONEONTA – Bike trails, a candy shop, blade signs and more winter recreation were all suggestions made during the Comprehensive Plan committee’s open house in the CANO galleries at the Wilber Mansion earlier this evening.
“To build a good community, we need input from everyone,” said Ethan Gaddy, an Elan Planning community planner. “This sort of forum works because it’s a non-threatening way to make your voice heard without having to stand up in a meeting or fill out a form online.”
ONEONTA – Citizens are invited to stop by an open house at the Wilber Mansion from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, and give their reaction to initial conclusions about the city’s Comprehensive Plan Update.
The open house format will allow community members to visit a number of “interactive stations” set up throughout CANO headquarters at 11 Ford Ave. and use pens, markets and Post-It notes to comment, share ideas and mark up maps.
COOPERSTOWN – Last October, a two-day “charrette” – a planning exercise – sought inputs from 60 participants on what Cooperstown’s future should hold.
In the eight months since, Elan Planning staffers and a community advisory board have been reviewing the results, and will lay out preliminary conclusions at an all-day Community Open House, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at the fire hall on Chestnut Street.
There, attendees – and planners are encouraging everyone to attend – will find a series of “idea stations” based on “nodes” suggested at the charrettes: Doubleday Field, Lakefront Park, the Railroad Avenue area and others. Attendees are encouraged to write their comments or reactions on Post-In Note pages at each station.
There’s also a set of stations for children, said Elan planner Sue Caruvana: “We’re encouraging people to bring their kids along, to get them involved. They can either write comments or draw pictures.”
“You can be there five minutes. You can be there two hours,” said Otsego Now COO Elizabeth Horvath, a member of the advisory committee. “You can talk to anyone. You don’t have to talk to anyone.”
COOPERSTOWN – Having learned Monday evening that local folks consider Doubleday Field a major “icon” and “destination,” Elan‘s planners this evening proposed a “green apron” leading from Main Street to the front door of baseball’s foremost shrine, dissecting the 130-car parking lot.
Instead of dodging cars pulling in and out of parking spaces, fans and tourists could stroll up to the “Home of Baseball” – as Doubleday is being called these days (rather than “birthplace”) – along a 12-foot-wide walkway lined by a grassy strip where youngsters (and not-so-youngsters) might be tossing a ball back and forth.
To the west, where the village’s Chestnut Street lot and Vinnie Russo’s private parking lot are now, perhaps there would be a parking deck, low-slung and landscaped, replacing the 30 spaces that would be eaten up by the “green apron” and adding many more.
Emcee Lisa Nagle, Elan Planning’s principal partner, emphasized this evening’s presentation was an initial effort to respond in an initial way to inputs provided by a 90 participants in Monday’s visioning session and not carved in concrete. It was part two of a two-part “Design Charrette.”
The Doubleday piece was perhaps the most dramatic of a number of ideas the Elan team presented in four areas of interest. All of the ideas, with related maps, drawings and charts, will be posted in the next few days on a web site the planners are setting up specifically for that purpose. The other three areas are as follows:
COOPERSTOWN – Close to 90 people spent two hours at this evening’s “Design Charrette,” detailing and discussing the pros, cons, dreams and fears of “America’s Most Perfect Village,” as a community visioning effort got underway.
“A lot of community happened around this room,” declared Lisa Nagle, a principal in Elan Planning, Saratoga Springs, when the session in the CCS cafeteria was over. The goal is to develop an updated Community Plan by next spring; the current version dates from 1994.
There were many common streams in the structured conversation as the audience broke up into nine discussion groups. Cooperstown is quaint and historic, but also a “Jekyll and Hyde” community that’s boring in the winter months.
COOPERSTOWN – These links, connecting to the Council Bluffs (Iowa) Nonpareil newspaper, detail how the public-input sessions conducted by Elan Planning of Saratoga Springs proceeded in that city of 60,000. Elan is conducting a similar process for Cooperstown, a collaboration of the village and the Otsego County IDA.
People To Be Surveyed Saturday At Farmers’ Market, Pioneer Park
COOPERSTOWN – The Saratoga Springs consultant hired to develop a downtown revitalization and economic development strategy will be collecting data this Saturday from residents and visitors at The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market and in Pioneer Park.
In an interview in June, Mayor Jeff Katz and IDA President Sandy Mathes outline nine “nodes” in and around Cooperstown’s downtown that are possibilities for development. Mathes said the planning process will also develop the market data he needs to identify what kinds of projects will work and to attract investors to help develop them.