Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The Lawrence Group has a vision of what Summerville should look like by the year 2040.
In March the design team, led by project manager Monica Holmes, gave a presentation for the town’s master plan – an overview of what the team calls a “family-friendly” atmosphere that will keep Summerville residents safe, comfortable and happy.
On June 4 the Lawrence Group held a workshop for town council, revealing that not much has changed in the master plan – though now the plan is organized around themes and chapters, Holmes said.
The first Master Plan presentation in March had been attended by a large crowd of people, with all the seats being taken plus more people standing in the back of the room. The workshop was mainly attended by town council members. Holmes expects a bigger crowd for the revealing of the Master Plan on June 11.
“I’m really happy with the number of people that showed up because these are the people who are going to do most of the implementation,” she said.
Overall plans include 10 key projects: redeveloping Hutchinson Square; building mixed-use infill housing close to downtown; improving pedestrian crossings on Dorchester Road; elevating the town’s design standards; completing the Sawmill Branch Trail; redefining the entrances to Summerville; reorganizing in Oakbrook; connecting “short Central” to “little Main”; providing a transit option to connect town; and implementing a comprehensive annexation strategy.
The Master Plan came about after a month of interviews, tours and data collection earlier in the year. Holmes said the reason for the Master plan is because Summerville has never planned beyond a comprehensive planning level – including small area plans. The potential infrastructure is meant to create economic opportunities in town and bring people to Summerville.
The implementation strategy is assisted by three principles – leadership, marketing and financing.
Holmes said her team has enjoyed working with Summerville thus far in the Master Plan project. “We work well together because we have different strengths,” she said.