The architects formally revealed the compromise choice for the traffic pattern and design in a redeveloped downtown Rhinelander last night. As part of a city and Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. project, the city will undertake underground reconstruction and the streets and sidewalks will be rebuilt through a redesign.
After a public meeting in April, the design team took the input and after several more meetings came up with a compromise, having two-way traffic with angle parking on one side, parallel parking on the other.
Rhinelander residents and business owners had a chance to see five possible ideas for what a new downtown would look like.
City officials are planning an upgrade of the underground utilities in 2016 with a primary focus on Davenport, Brown and Stevens Streets. Along with the utility work upgrade, the city and Downtown Rhinelander would like to remake how the downtown appears at street level.
Gary Becker from Vierbicher Associates told attendees last night Rhinelander has a major economic impact in its trade area...
A committee of city leaders in Rhinelander has selected a company to outline an economic development initiative for downtown. The plan from Vierbicher Associates will also look into giving Brown Street a bit of a facelift, by conducting a streetscape study.
Rhinelander City Administrator Blaine Oborn says doing a streetscape…is kind of like landscaping, for a downtown sidewalk.