I am the landscape architect working on the newly proposed project for the redevelopment of the Famous Dave's site. We are currently in the process of preparing plans for formal review with the city and the neighborhood very soon.
As a part of our preliminary design process we have met with the city planning staff, council member Betsy Hodges office and participated in a Committee of the Whole meeting. The general consensus from the preliminary review is to thoughtfully engage the neighborhood in a discussion about the pocket park as it can relate to the newly proposed building.
The design team has worked very hard to develop a project that will conform with the zoning requirements, incorporate comments from the previous process and protect the pocket park as it exists today. The project as designed can allow the pocket park to remain as it exists today, however the design team (primarily the architects from TEA2, Momentum Design Group and myself) feel strongly that the park can be further enhanced as an asset of the neighborhood, given the opportunity afforded by the proposed development. We also heard similar comments from those we have preliminarily reviewed the project with.
We will be hosting a neighborhood meeting to talk about the Pocket Park and how it can relate to the proposed building. Our goal is to get as much input from the neighborhood as we can before we submit the project for formal review.
We will be holding the informational meeting and design charrette on Tuesday July 24th at 6pm and on Wednesday Aug 1st at 6pm at the Pocket Park. Our hope is that we can get some good feedback, thoughtful discussion and input from the neighborhood regarding the pocket park. We have a great opportunity to shape the park in a thoughtful way.
Please help us spread the word to the neighborhood and to those that may be interested in participating. Please feel free to email me back with any questions or comments.
Civil Site Group