Summary: Consensus Building
Public Involvement Plan – Created a comprehensive public involvement plan, including all strategic and tactical elements.
The Escambia County Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was developed to prepare a Corridor Vision Plan and Design Guidelines Manual for the Navy Boulevard Corridor (US 98 / SR 295) within the Warrington Community Redevelopment Area. Navy Boulevard serves as an important regional link between many community assets, including Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola and the downtown Pensacola business district. Although the area has seen public and private sector reinvestment since the creation of the Warrington CRA District in 1995, it continues to be perceived as a blighted and unsightly area by residents.
The purpose of the Navy Boulevard Corridor Design Guidelines Manual is to provide direction for the redevelopment of both the Public Realm (streets, sidewalks, landscape, parks) and the Private Realm (parcels and buildings). These guidelines are to serve as a strategic roadmap for decision makers in both the public and private sectors and to implement a specific Action Strategy of the 2010 Warrington Redevelopment Plan.
The realization of the Corridor Vision Plan and physical environment depicted by the Design Guidelines for both the Public and Private Realms is a long-term process that will be implemented over time. This manual is to act as a “living document” that must be reviewed and updated over time to account for the changing market, transportation and land-use conditions, as well as ongoing long-range planning efforts by Escambia County, the Florida Department of Transportation and other regulatory agencies. EPR was tasked with reviewing and revising the concept using current public and stakeholder input, field data, existing plans and innovative/acceptable design options. The results of this activity will serve as a concept for future design and construction of improvements or projects within the corridor.
Staff members developed and maintained a project web page; coordinated media relations in support of the Escambia County public information office; created and distributed fact sheets and contact cards; and performed face-to-face canvasses of adjacent businesses to personally meet stakeholders to determine their particular needs and concerns. EPR also arranged and conducted a project kick-off meeting and numerous one-on-one meetings with business and property owners to identify their unique needs.
S.R. 123 Roadway