9th Street Corridor project meeting set, public invited to give input

Kevin PowellCity

On Monday, December 1, 7:00 p.m., at New York Elementary School, 936 New York Street, please join the City of Lawrence to provide input related to a possible scope of work for the design team for the 9th Street Corridor project.  This input will be provided to the City Commission and used to create a scope of work should the City approve negotiations with the recommended design team for the project.  The scope of work typically details project timeframes, expected meetings, and required deliverables. Following the December 1 meeting, staff will present this input to the City Commission for a determination about the recommended design team. Should the City Commission authorize negotiations with the recommended design team, staff will negotiate project scope and fees, and will return to the City Commission for final contract authorization. Once a design firm has been formally engaged and a contract with the design firm has been approved, the firm will coordinate meetings with stakeholders for input on the project and prepare a final design for ultimate approval by the City Commission.

In July, the Lawrence Arts Center received a prestigious ArtPlace America grant award for creative placemaking efforts as part of the reconstruction of east 9th Street in Lawrence, Kansas. In late August, a public meeting was held to collect public input on the draft Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a design team for the project.  This RFQ was to identify a creative team with experience in urban design, complete streets, civil engineering, creative placemaking, and public art to work with the City of Lawrence, the neighborhood, the Lawrence Arts Center, and other community stakeholders to create a design for the six blocks of east 9th Street, from Delaware Street to Massachusetts Street. The 9th Street Corridor project is envisioned to create a multi-modal connection utilizing accessible complete streets concepts and the incorporation of public art into the infrastructure within the corridor.  The final RFQ was released in early September. Proposals were received from six interested design teams and the review committee selected three teams to interview after an initial review of all of the proposals. Of the three teams, the committee reached a consensus in favor of the design team led by el dorado inc of Kansas City as the possible design team.  The City Commission is expected to take up the committee’s recommendation to proceed with negotiations with el dorado sometime in December.

The city’s web page for the 9th Street Corridor Project is lawrenceks.org/9th-street-corridor-project