What is the Kimmswick Great Streets Plan?
The Kimmwick Great Streets Plan will develop a community-inspired and supported action plan to enhance the city’s downtown and support the character and economic vitality of Market Street and the commercial section of Front Street. The Plan will also seek to foster connections to the Mississippi River and activate the riverfront itself. The Plan is a joint effort of the City of Kimmswick, the Jefferson County Port Authority, Jefferson County and the East West Gateway Council of Governments, a regional planning organization.
The Plan builds on the momentum of recent events in Kimmswick and ongoing planning efforts by the project partners, including the City’s comprehensive plan; the anticipated arrival of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company, which will soon establish its port-of-call in Kimmswick; and the Jefferson County Port Authority’s conceptual plans for a new port at Kimmswick. Developing a Plan now will help Kimmswick proactively manage anticipated changes to its advantage.
What is the primary purpose?
The purpose of the project is to develop a community vision and a roadmap for achieving it. Having a plan will also put the City in a better position to develop partnerships and seek funding opportunities for improvements.
What is involved?
Planning will be broad in scope, likely including
- roadway improvements that reflect Kimmswick’s historic character to better accommodate people, cars, and events
- stormwater management and flooding mitigation
- conceptual planning of a riverfront park and connections to the river, residential areas and downtown
- market analysis for the current and potential business community and tourist activities
- strategies to keep and attract goods and services for both residents and visitors
- strategies to enhance tourism
Who will implement the Plan?
Just as Kimmswick today reflects the hard work and investment of many individuals and organizations, implementing the Plan will be a joint effort. The City of Kimmswick will lead the way but with limited resources of its own, outside assistance will be needed to fund improvements. An important aspect of the planning effort is to identify what needs to be done and who is best suited for the task. The project partners, civic leaders, individuals, as well as private businesses and developers, could all have roles in implementation.
What is the schedule?
The planning process will begin in January and conclude in June 2018. It will combine a lot of community input supported by planning expertise of the project team. Over the course of several months, the community will be asked to develop a vision and then react to the project team’s efforts to capture that vision. A final plan with implementation steps will be completed in June.