Riverfront study’s findings outlined
Recommendations from a nearly year-long Troy Downtown Riverfront Strategic Development Study are designed to enhance the community’s quality of life, its workforce and the connectivity between the downtown and the nearby riverfront of the Great Miami River.
The $140,000 study’s findings and recommendations were outlined Monday at Hobart Arena. The presentation was made by Joe NIckol of consultants MKSK Studios. Public comments and questions were not taken following the presentation.
“These are ideas on paper. Some of them may happen in our community, others may not,” said Ben Redick of the Troy Main Street downtown organization, one of the organizations that paid for the study. The group, which includes the city as well as individuals, named itself the Activate Troy partnership,
Redick said the study would not be discussed, but questions could be sent to the partnership website, where they would be answered. The website is www. activatetroy.com. Nickol said Troy already is in a position of strength. “We are providing a framework for you to become stronger,” he said.
Recommendations were broken into strategic plans for 0-2 years, 2 to 5 years and 5 to 10 years.
For example, a long-term recommendation involved making the city’s Public Square, now called by some a roundabout, friendlier overall through use of a “squareabout” that Nickol said would slow traffic and allow pedestrians to move safety through the area.
Overall plans would add more housing in the downtown area, provide better parking in conjunction with a recent city parking study and bring new life to areas such as Clay Street next to the north-south railroad crossing east of the Public Square and, in that same general area near the former Hobart Cabinet property south of the river along East Water Street.
Street modifications were mentioned frequently with the addition of bike lanes/cycle ways in several areas.
More information on the study is available on the city website at troyohio.gov.