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It's Your Downtown

The City of Roseville is looking for your input on events for the new town square and the downtown bridges design.

Two great opportunities to provide your input

At first glance, the City of Roseville's Town Square Project still looks like a pre-construction site. At first glance, the project still looks like a pre-construction site. A closer look, however, reveals all of the clay, PVC and flexible pipe extending out of the ground.

The Town Square project is designed to provide a destination area downtown where the community can gather for a variety of events.

The now-exposed pipe infrastructure will provide water or sewer service to the fountains and restrooms, natural gas to the fire pit, and power to the amenities.

Workers are reconfiguring Grant Street to extend the Town Square space and provide diagonal parking. Grading for soil compaction has set the stage for work to begin on the project’s foundations and hardscape improvements.

Progress is being made, and the goal is to complete construction in late spring.  But the work doesn’t end then.

The most important part of the post-construction process is community input. The city needs to know what its residents, business owners and visitors would like the Town Square to provide.   

We have some great ideas already but your input is critical now and in the future.  It is your Downtown. So please send us your ideas with this form. This is a great opportunity to be part of the process.

Downtown Bridges Project

Your input is also extremely valuable as we consider two team's designs for the Downtown Bridges Project. The project will include a paved bike trail, two new pedestrian bridges and re-use of the existing Rube Nelson "Icehouse" Bridge across Dry Creek. The bridges will connect Downtown Roseville to Royer Park creating a pedestrian and bicycle friendly environment.

A public workshop will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Nov. 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tower Theater, 421 Vernon St. The design teams will present their concepts and answer your questions. You can also see the designs and offer your comments online through Dec. 6.

Visit this site to learn more about the Downtown Bridges Project.

Utility Payment Drop Box

There is a new utility payment drop box in the Downtown Roseville. The new location allows you to drop off payments from your vehicle. The box is in the parking lot next to 316 Vernon St., directly across the street from the Civic Center. 

It will remain at this location during the town square construction period. You can see a map of the two locations here.  

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TheRealBigCouchPotato November 23, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Has the construction impacted downtown businesses? I drove through downtown the other day at about 3:00 PM and it was awful. I hope this works, but they have thrown so much money at downtown over the years and it's never been the shopping mecca that it was in the '50's, and I don't think the major stores are coming back.
Scott Alvord November 23, 2012 at 04:42 PM
The impacts are relatively minor, mostly a welcomed annoyance. We are looking forward to spring when several major accomplishments will be completed and we'll see the results of the difficult but necessary work of revitalization. Remember that the type of revitalization we're doing is actually a good investment that will bring $12-14 back to the city for every $1 invested. Old town is flourishing and still improving, Riverside is coming back to life. On Vernon, the Town Square will draw lots of people downtown (people who need to eat and want to shop). Sammy's is already causing hundreds of additional people to walk on the sidewalks (not to mention significant tax revenues and jobs). SureWest is bringing 300 employees downtown (eaters & shippers). The huge office building will be finished soon and already has a whole floor leased out. The numerous vacancies are getting filled quickly. Revitalization is good for our community. On top of this, the vast majority of business owners, property owners, and jobs are local so the money stays here to build our economy even more.
TheRealBigCouchPotato November 23, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I see your point about Surewest. Those 300 people are going to need to eat. I think Sammy's is a passing fad. Not impressed. The big thing you mention is the office building. Who is moving in there? What are they paying per square foot? Actually, I think that needs to be publicized. What is the office and commercial vacancy rate in Roseville? Is it improving or getting worse?

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