‘I think if there are the proper partnerships in place, things can happen at an accelerated rate.’
ST. ALBANS CITY — The City of St. Albans is actively exploring how to push its successful downtown revitalization efforts a block or two south, to the Stebbins, Market and Catherine streets area, framed by the railroad to the west, the Leader Evaporator housing project to the south and the back of Main Street to the east. The plan is for denser, multi-story residential and commercial buildings.
With funding from the Northwest Regional Planning Commission’s (NRPC) brownfields program, the city hired consultants to identify three catalyst properties in the area for redevelopment and offer possible uses.
The work included a market analysis, financial analysis, outline of steps the city can take to prepare the area for redevelopment, and possible funding sources for projects.
The target area is underutilized, said Chip Sawyer, the city’s director of planning and development.
The plan serves as a source of inspiration, but “may not be what actually happens,” said Sawyer.
Joe Weith of White + Burke presented the results of the study. During a public meeting in January participants had asked for multi-story buildings, more greenspace, uses that generate activity, parking in the center of the block and a visual buffer between the neighborhood and the railroad.
For more information on the plan, including the reaction of one landowner in the area, see Thursday’s Messenger or subscribe to our digital edition.