(Seguin) -- “Downtown should serve as the primary hub to which the rest of the City responds. Attract downtown visits, downtown stays, and downtown spending.” This is the opening statement of the Seguin Comprehensive Plan’s chapter on downtown.
One thing that is certain to the community is that downtown is an important asset. The evidence is impressive; from this opening line of the plan to the City’s new brand campaign’s focus on downtown and the impressive number of people who partook in the community survey and workshop earlier this year.
The public is getting another opportunity to voice their vision for downtown Seguin, this time on downtown’s transportation needs at an open house.
“As downtown was developed prior to the automobile and the practice of reserving right of way for future expansion of streets, it is difficult to balance the needs of all modes of transportation on the current street design. The comments from the open house will help staff prioritize the needs of each mode of transportation – pedestrian, cyclist, and motorist,” said Kyle Kramm, City of Seguin Main Street and CVB Director.
The open house will feature several stations with different topics. Bike lanes, wider sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, traffic patterns, streetscapes and more will be all up for discussion. The ideas and preferences discussed will help guide future street designs for downtown streets.
“The City’s Comprehensive Plan has some big ideas for downtown and the Master Thoroughfare Plan will start putting these ideas into action,” said John Foreman, City of Seguin Assistant Director of Planning and Codes, “Streets and sidewalks are important for downtown. They are the paths that lead to businesses, parks, and civic buildings. And they are the places where people meet and gather.”
The Open House will be at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church’s McKoegh Hall located at 201 East Nolte Street. Attendees can come and go as they please during the designated times. Folks will get a chance to learn about the plan’s purpose, and the work completed on the project so far. Visit the stations and give your comments about key transportation issues downtown. Your ideas will help guide the plan.
The open house is open Wednesday, October 19th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Thursday, October 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and Friday, October 21st from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
There will also be opportunities to participate in focus groups. If you are interested in participating in a focus group, contact Foreman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special By Kyle Kramm, Seguin Main Street Program Director