Downtown Steering Committee (DSC) research is more than halfway complete for Downtown Allen revitalization Phase 1. At the Sept. 28 City Council workshop, the DSC gave an update on research performed by the following focus groups: Ownership and Zoning, Community Use, Finance and Economic Development, Community Outreach, Learning from Other Communities, Communication, and Public Relations. Research included information about existing conditions and opportunities in the area designated as the Central Business District.
The Committee also discussed the selection process for an experienced, qualified consulting team to assist in Phase 2 of the downtown planning process. Phase 2 will include an extensive community engagement program offering multiple opportunities for community members to provide input on preferences, and to hear about potential options for the revitalization of Downtown Allen.
Four firms applied to the City's Request for Proposal (RFP). Following interviews with DSC members and City staff, a preferred firm was selected, and a recommended contract is being finalized to be presented for approval at the Oct. 12 Council meeting. Upon approval, the consultant will immediately begin work with the DSC and City staff.
Public engagement opportunities are being planned for the first weekend in December in conjunction with Allen's Holly Jolly Celebration. Watch the website and social media for more details in the coming weeks.