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Downtown Master Plan

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The city of Mobile issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to select a consulting team to draft a new downtown master plan for the city over the next 15 to 20 years. Proposals are due May 24th, and a plan consultant should be announced in August. The last city master plan was the "String of Pearls" plan back in the early 1990s. The new plan will focus on Downtown and Midtown.

Some Desired Planning Outcomes from the RFP:

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Today was the day that city leaders recieved the copies of the new master plan for downtown mobile. Late summer when they will decide. Hopefully more highrises!

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I spent a week in Mobile this spring, It was a wonderful city! I may actually move there in a couple of years!

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You are mistaken. That was the day they received proposals for a new Mater Plan of not only downtown but the existing historic neighborhoods and the Spring Hill village group. Once the contract has been awarded, it will take a few years to complete the plan. The scope of works is comprehensive and covers almost ever caveat of downtown. The planning department has finally gotten the oppurtunity to use their incredibly skilled staff for something other than menial regulatory procedures.

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You are mistaken. That was the day they received proposals for a new Mater Plan of not only downtown but the existing historic neighborhoods and the Spring Hill village group. Once the contract has been awarded, it will take a few years to complete the plan. The scope of works is comprehensive and covers almost ever caveat of downtown. The planning department has finally gotten the oppurtunity to use their incredibly skilled staff for something other than menial regulatory procedures.

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the Council is scheduled to vote on a contract with EDSA, Inc. to develop a master plan for the downtown, midtown and waterfront areas

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^ Great to see that the city is moving forward with the master plan. I hope they picked a great firm to put it together.

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The city of Mobile will spend $400,000 for the new master plan, which should be finished in late 2008. Dan Dealy of DSD Services Group in Mobile is the project manager and the EDSA firm of Fort Lauderdale, FL will develop the plan. EDSA plans to focus on four streets -- Government, Dauphin, St. Stephens and Martin Luther King. More details in the article below.

Mobile Press-Register: Mobile spends $400K for plan

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Urban planners from EDSA are hitting Mobile's streets this week, beginning work on a 10-year plan to transform the downtown area into a great place to live, work and play. Mobile-based Volkert & Associates will handle traffic, parking and infrastructure for the plan.

Public meetings are planned for March, May and August, and the plan is to be completed by September.

Company to develop plan for downtown Mobile

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Urban planners from EDSA are hitting Mobile's streets this week, beginning work on a 10-year plan to transform the downtown area into a great place to live, work and play. Mobile-based Volkert & Associates will handle traffic, parking and infrastructure for the plan.

Public meetings are planned for March, May and August, and the plan is to be completed by September.

Company to develop plan for downtown Mobile

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Attendees at the first public meeting Monday night called for more retail stores (particularly a grocery store), more parking, better sidewalks, safer streets and more in the downtown area. EDSA will take the comments from this week's public meetings and combine them with stakeholder interviews to help create a plan for the area.

Residents offer ideas for better downtown

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The next round of public meetings on the new master plan are set for later this month:

Zone One

When: Tuesday, July 22

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Where: Alabama School of Math and Science (1255 Dauphin Street)

Zone Two

When: Wednesday, July 23

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Where: Florence Howard Elementary School (957 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Ave)

Zone Three

When: Thursday, July 24

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Where: Craighead Elementary School (1000 S. Ann Street)

Next Round of Public Meetings Set

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WOW! What a bold plan!!! No doubt Mobile is headed in the right direction. All of those different componets being weaved into the urban-fabric will take the city to the next level! Very impressive stuff :thumbsup: The economic plan with a program for non-college bound people to support local industry is a great idea for other cities to follow too!

I can appreciate Mobiles vision for "build it and they will come"; the RSA Tower is a great centerpiece for future urban core density!

Keep up the great work Southron!

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^It really is a bold plan, Richy. I hope funding can be found for all those projects, and that the Downtown Redevelopment Authority called for by the plan gets set up soon and is given the authority to do what needs to be done.

A recent article in Lagniappe summarizes the plan and includes a related interview with Mayor Sam Jones. It's definitely worth a read.

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