River­front study’s find­ings out­lined

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL FOCUS - NANCY BOW­MAN, CON­TRIBUT­ING WRITER

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.

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