12/18/2014: "FH Sunshine Alley Draft Plans Available"
(On of a number of renderings in the report)
After months of meetings, public in put, research and collaboration by Town staff, the Public, Sunshine Alley stakeholders, and the Beckwith Consulting Group, the Town has unveiled preliminary plans (.pdf 3892\k file) for urban improvements to the Sunshine Alley area.
The process included interviews with property and business owners, focus group sessions, public design charrettes, surveys, and open houses to determine the best uses and improvements for the area.
In addition to expanding the Brickworks area with a performance stage and seating, an outdoor dining area, and conversion of existing private cottages to retail, the potential improvements suggest adding an outdoor dining deck off of Haley’s, a clock tower on the public restrooms, walls of greenery, freestanding kinetic art, and light standards throughout.
The three major gateways to the alley-"First Street, Nichols Street, and the walkway from Spring Street "would be highlighted with pavement accents, overhead lighting, murals, and plantings."
The public and private cost for the proposed improvements is estimated at $2,903,918, including property acquisition. Funding could come from the Town, private property owners, and the San Juan Island Agricultural Guild. Suggested funding sources include historic tax credits, hotel/motel tax funds, the Main Street program and grants as outlined in the proposal.
“While the plan is still in its infancy, we have narrowed options and provided guidance to creating a vibrant and useful centerpiece for the community,” said Duncan Wilson, Town Administrator. “An attractive and comfortable outdoor facility creates a sense of place. Because of the Ag Guild’s success in creating Brickworks, Sunshine Alley has real potential to fill this need.”
The urban design company Beckwith Consulting Group out of La Conner was selected to assist with development plans for Sunshine Alley.
The Sunshine Alley Urban Design Project preliminary plan and concept summary are available under Notices at the Town web site: www.fridayharbor.org.