With this need and the subsequent demolition that would need to take place, a unique opportunity presented itself. City of Farmington Staff, Elected Officials, and City Residents would have the opportunity to redesign and reconstruct Main Street. In 2015 the Metropolitan Redevelopment Area (MRA) Commission decided to hire Dan Burden of Blue Zones, an internationally recognized quality of life consultant and designer to help create a conceptual plan. He along with Samantha Thomas, Built Environment Manager and Michael Wallwork, Roundabout Expert and Alternate Street Designer spent several days meeting with residents, property owners, business owners, and city staff and officials seeking input on what we wanted our downtown to be. Through a series of design charrettes and planning meetings they developed a "tool kit" of design elements that would help us achieve our goals. (See the Blue Zones Plan Here)
The Vision and Implementation Plan:
This plan includes fundamental tools to achieve the vision:
This plan was delivered to the engineer as a basis for the design of the Main Street Complete Streets project.