So. Tempe ideas sought for downtown

Do you have a favorite tree? Think you know what kinds of shade structures would look best lining the streets of Tempe downtown’s shopping district?

Even if you’re a south Tempe resident and don’t often visit the Mill Avenue area, you’re being invited to voice your opinion.

The city of Tempe will host an open house to seek input from residents, businesses and property owners regarding downtown streetscape from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 28. The meeting will be held at Tempe Transportation Center, 200 E. Fifth St.

At the event, city staff will share information regarding current conditions, challenges and opportunities. There will be a short presentation at 5:30 p.m., with input taken throughout the evening.

The meeting will be devoted to gathering information from the public about landscape and hardscape elements located along the streets throughout the downtown area. Items of discussion may include tree types, planters, landscape materials, shade, benches, brick walkways and seating. 

The ideas generated at this meeting and the preferences expressed will be considered by staff to help develop draft guidelines for Mill Avenue and the entire downtown area. 

Once the draft guidelines have been prepared, a second public meeting will be held in the fall to present the guidelines and obtain additional comments and feedback. The final design guidelines will help guide streetscape improvements in the downtown.

More information:  www.tempe.gov/streetscapes  or contact Mark Vinson at 480-350-8367 or by email to mark_vinson@tempe.gov .

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