The City has developed a new vision for its South Downtown (the area south of Washington and between 99E and 21st Ave) during the period between 2008 and 2011. Council adopted the South Downtown Concept Plan on September 26, 2011, and directed staff to continue work on an implementation strategy.
The process began with almost 40 Milwaukians voicing their hopes and desires for future development in this part of downtown Milwaukie, and the creation of a document that organized those opinions.
From there, a Steering Committee worked to achieve a single concept that would materialize all those good ideas into a redevelopment plan -- centered on a plaza with strong connections to Riverfront Park, the future light rail station, the Kellogg Creek natural area, and Main Street.
An Open House was held on September 12, 2010, at the Sunday Farmers Market to give citizens a chance to review the South Downtown concept work and to comment prior to presentations to the Planning Commission and City Council.
The Council adopted the South Downtown Concept Plan by resolution on September 6, 2011, and directed staff to continue work on an implementation strategy.
The first step to implementing the plan is the Adams Street Connector project, to be completed in summer 2013.
Please click here to see the Refined Concept Plans for South Downtown and the different elements presented by Walker Macy.
Meeting notes from the South Downtown Steering Committee meetings in Summer 2010.
Community Development & Public Works Director