Downtown Action Plan Finalized
The Grand Forks Downtown Action Plan is complete, and the public is invited to see the finished project on the City of Grand Forks website. “The whole community will benefit from this downtown initiative. People want to be where there’s people, action and excitement and that’s what we plan to bring to downtown Grand Forks,” says Mayor Michael Brown.
The Downtown Action Plan focused on four main areas: streetscape, parks and open spaces, development strategies, and wayfinding. Each part of the plan was driven by local factors and incorporated public input throughout, which was crucial in developing the plan’s themes of interconnectivity, multi-functionality, and accessibility, among others. Many of the plan’s concepts are already being implemented, such as the reconstruction of Demers Avenue and the distinctive light pillars set to line it, and many others will take shape in the coming years, such as the redevelopment of the water treatment plant site.
“Five years from now I think people will see one heck of a downtown. It really is the community’s plan, not the City of Grand Forks’ plan,” says Todd Feland, Grand Forks City Administrator.The development of the Downtown Action Plan began in late 2018 with a goal of advancing the vision of the Mayor’s Vibrancy Initiative, which called for creating bold public spaces, animating downtown street life downtown, improving access to and around downtown, spurring development in key emerging areas, and improving downtown through the mobilization of resources. To view the Grand Forks Downtown Action Plan, go to www.grandforksgov.com/downtown