Groundbreaking for a new, people-oriented Alpine Avenue

by | March 21, 2017 0 Urban Design + Planning

Yesterday, joined by the mayor, neighbors, and our partners at HDR, we broke ground on an exciting new chapter for the City of McMinnville’s Alpine Avenue.

Alpine Avenue is the city’s first large project in the McMinnville Urban Renewal District. Once complete, the $4.3 million, quarter-mile streetscape project will enhance pedestrian accessibility and comfort along the street, while giving vehicles access to existing businesses. By prioritizing people, the city hopes to spur more excitement and business for the area.

“The development of Alpine Avenue builds the infrastructure that will help bring privately built opportunities to this area, creating jobs and encouraging new business investment,” said McMinnville Mayor Scott Hill in a city press release.

Spanning Alpine between between 7th and 11th avenues, the project is the result of wide-ranging public engagement of existing businesses and residents who helped refine, and endorse, the final design.

The new Alpine Avenue includes a curb-free street environment designed to slow vehicle speeds. New plaza spaces incorporate custom-designed benches, picnic tables and planter boxes (moveable and fixed), amidst new landscape areas. The streetscape also features the city’s first application of storm water gardens.

Learn more about the Alpine Avenue Streetscape Plan.

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