The Downtown Steering Committee appointed by Mayor Ken Fulk and Allen City Council last month kicked off their work on June 30 to develop a vision and plan that will revitalize the heart of Allen. The plan of work will include research, community feedback, and team collaboration in an effort to create a workable vision for downtown that can be implemented.
Committee Chair Tommy Baril said, "Tonight's meeting represents the first step in an exciting and challenging journey that will revitalize the heart of Allen. For the next 12 months, the Committee members and City Staff will work tirelessly to learn more about the downtown area, actively seek and listen to members of the Allen community (including the city's residents, business owners, landowners, and developers), and develop a plan that will revitalize the center of our wonderful city. I look forward to serving alongside the talented Committee members and City Staff towards realizing the dream that so many of us have for our downtown Allen."
The committee includes 13 Allen residents from various geographic areas of the community and professional expertise along with two councilmembers.
Tommy Baril, Chair
Murry McKenzie, Vice Chair
Councilmember Chris Schulmeister, Ex-Officio
Councilmember Dave Cornette, Ex-Officio
The committee will pursue the work in three phases over a 12-month period.
- Phase 1: Data Collection and Analysis – assessing the current status of the downtown area
- Phase 2: Visioning Process – Seeking community engagement and public input which will be used to develop the Downtown Revitalization Plan
- Phase 3: Implementation – Strategies will be deployed to implement the revitalization plan.
During Phase 1, committee members will be gathering data to understand the opportunities and challenges that exist within the current structure of the designated Downtown Area (sometimes referred to as the Central Business District). A variety of subcommittees have been formed to focus on specific areas of this process including zoning, finance, and community uses – to name a few. Another area of review will be analyzing other successful downtown developments and the factors that contribute to long-term, thriving economic success and place-making implementation.
Phase 2 will provide the Allen community (including residents, business owners, downtown landowners, and developers) multiple opportunities to share ideas and ask questions about what they would like to see in the future for Downtown Allen. Using information collected from Phase 1 along with community input, the committee will develop and present a plan with a list of recommendations to revitalize the heart of the community—downtown Allen—to the Mayor and City Council.
Phase 3, the implementation phase, will deploy strategies to work with Downtown stakeholders to implement the Downtown Revitalization Plan.
Throughout this process, the committee and City of Allen will keep the community informed with updates and information through multiple communication channels. This will include a dedicated project page on the City of Allen website, updates on AllenNews.org, and through the various social media channels including Nextdoor and the City’s digital newsletter Sharable. Sign up for the newsletter and find all the City’s social media channels at CityofAllen.org/StayConnected.
Coming soon – a dedicated email address will be available for residents to submit questions, ideas, and suggestions. These will be responded to and collected for committee review and discussion. Watch for opportunities to participate in community meetings, focus groups, surveys, and other public input formats during Phase 2 of the timeline. These will be publicized through the various city communication channels and other community and neighborhood groups.