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Allen Downtown Steering Committee

Updates and meeting highlights from the Allen Downtown Steering Committee and subcommittees appointed by Mayor Ken Fulk and Allen City Council to develop a vision and plan to revitalize the heart of Allen.

Sep 13

Downtown Steering Committee moves forward with consultant selection process

Posted on September 13, 2021 at 2:13 PM by Tralana Pollard

The Downtown Steering Committee selection team is in the process of reviewing proposals received in response to the Request for Proposal (RFP), that was released in August. The RFP requested qualified consulting firms to assist with Phase 2 of the Downtown Revitalization Project. In October, the Committee and City staff will make a recommendation to Mayor and City Council as to which firm is most qualified.

In Phase 2, the selected firm will work with the Committee and City staff to create a plan for a variety of opportunities for community engagement as we all work together to build a vision for our city center – Old Downtown Allen. Several platforms and venues will be available to ensure that everyone can be part of the process. These will include online/virtual and in-person opportunities beginning in early 2022.

With the information gathered, a preliminary vision will be developed and presented to the community for input and adjustments.

Aug 30

Downtown Steering Committee making progress

Posted on August 30, 2021 at 4:17 PM by Tralana Pollard

The Downtown Steering Committee (DSC) met for the third time Wednesday, Aug. 25. The group shared progress updates in these focus areas:

  • Community Use
  • Finances and Economic Development
  • Learning From Other Communities
  • Community Outreach Practices
  • Ownership and Zoning

The teams are working hard and have accomplished about three-fourths of the tasks identified in Phase 1. The Committee plans to complete this work over the next month. Another meeting takes place in September to finalize the Phase 1 report to be presented to the Mayor and City Council in early October.  

The DSC also will evaluate proposals from consultants who responded to the RFP, which defined work to be completed in Phase 2 focusing on Community Engagement and Outreach as well as Visioning for downtown. The Committee will present a recommendation to the Mayor and City Council in late October.

Aug 20

Mayor Fulk discusses downtown planning with Committee Chair Tommy Baril

Posted on August 20, 2021 at 2:14 PM by Tralana Pollard

In this month's Allen Update, Mayor Fulk chats with Downtown Steering Committee Chair Tommy Baril. Tommy shares progress made by the committee in Phase One - gathering information about the current situation downtown. Watch the entire episode below.

Keep up with the Committee's progress at CityofAllen.org/DowntownPlanning.

Information gathering is underway in the following areas

  1. Inventory of business and property owners
  2. Amenities and public facilities
  3. Tours in other cities with vibrant, successful downtowns
  4. Identifying economic development/financial resources and incentives


VIDEO: Allen Update with Mayor Fulk