2020 Downtown Strategic Plan
The RRA, in collaboration with the Downtown Rutland Partnership, commissioned a Downtown Strategic Plan to update a previous version in the fall of 2019. The vendor chosen, Camoin 310, completed a comprehensive analysis including several public workshops and stakeholder interviews over the next several months. The planning process culminated with a final presentation to the community on June 23, 2020 with a review of the findings and an introduction of the plan’s goals and strategies and implementation steps. The final Downtown Strategic Plan document can be viewed here.
This document was partially funded with grants awarded by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and National Life Group Foundation.
Evelyn Street Corridor
The RRA, along with other City departments, elected officials, and private stakeholders is currently working on plans to reconfigure and improve the Evelyn St. Corridor. It is felt that this central section of the City has been historically underutilized and can be greatly enhanced with a focus on improving access, traffic safety, and aesthetics. All of these improvements will create a more desirable area for development leading to economic growth and enhancing the quality of place in downtown Rutland for visitors, resident, and businesses alike.
Gateway Improvement Initiative
Following the RRA’s successful grant application the City of Rutland has retained the services of LandWorks (Landscape Architects and Planners) and Resource Systems Group (Traffic Engineers) to develop a Downtown Gateway Plan. Funding for this project was provided by a municipal planning grant through the State of Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development.
The Plan will provide a vision for possible future gateway enhancements related to land use, streetscape, redevelopment sites, traffic, aesthetics and identity. The overall goal is to stimulate economic development of the city while enhancing the functional characteristics, vitality and aesthetic appeal of these corridors to residents and visitors alike.
Center Street Marketplace
The Center Street Marketplace, a long awaited redevelopment project in the heart of Rutland’s downtown, is currently under construction. The project is expected to be substantially completed in November 2017 and will be a vibrant public space allowing passive recreation and commercial opportunities.
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