Downtown design

Ten members of the Iowa Architectural Foundation were in Webster City Thursday and Friday to conduct a Community Design Program Charrette (CDP). The charrette, which is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers, and others collaborate on a vision for development, was designed to help revitalize downtown Webster City.

This platform provided a forum for ideas and offered Webster City residents the advantage of giving immediate feedback to the designers. CDP’s assist communities in translating their vision into actual diagrams and renderings in order to build local support and to assist with fundraising.

Ric D’Amico, a Community Development Consultant based out of Des Moines, presented a slide show to attendees about his prior work and how the CDP team would be able to put locals’ ideas in motion.

“This is simply an opportunity to walk you through the process. It’s simply an opportunity to let all of you who live here, rent here, own property, lease property here, and get your opinions about Webster City,” D’Amico said.

Thursday evening the public provided their input on what they would like to see downtown.

Downtown businesses and retailers expressed their pros and cons with the current downtown area.

D’Amico explained that there are a multitude of ways a town can brighten up their main street including pedestrian improvements, landscaping, street lighting, and aesthetic design touches.

A second meeting was held Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. also at the Webster City Middle School. At Friday’s meeting, the CDP team gave a preliminary report and presentation to the community with their findings.

The Iowa Architectural Foundation’s Community Design Program assists towns across Iowa by providing an open and public decision-making process that brings civic groups, elected officials, and concerned citizens together with design professionals to visualize solutions for their design issues.

This Community Design Program is being funded by the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce and is the first step in the Downtown Revitalization Process.

A final presentation will be made to the City Council of Webster City and Chamber Board at a time and date agreed upon with submittal of the presentation on a flash drive or designated media. This is anticipated to occur in December.

For more information contact Deb Brown at the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce at (515) 832-2564 or email deb@visitwebstercityiowa.com.