An open meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, at the Appalshop theatre to discuss final conceptual designs to complete Whitesburg’s downtown greenway and open space master plan.
The City of Whitesburg is creating a conceptual master plan for the downtown portion of the Tanglewood Downhill Trail with the assistance of the Community Design Assistance Center, an outreach center of Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies. This conceptual design expresses a vision for Whitesburg as a Kentucky Trail Town by completing a greenway and enhancing the streetscape and associated open spaces within the downtown district.
During the October 19 meeting, the design team will give a 45-minute presentation and the community will have an opportunity to comment, make suggestions, and help fine-tune the final design concept. This design process and final design concept will be documented in a report, which the city can use to leverage funding for implementation.
The goal of the project is to help the City of Whitesburg realize many goals, such as promoting active living through greenway design, providing opportunities for displaying public art, educating visitors about the history and ecology of the area, and enabling pedestrians to safely access key destinations within the community.
At a public meeting on August 20, CDAC presented two preliminary design concepts. Attendants at the preliminary design presentation commented on those working concepts, provided valuable feedback and came to a consensus about the design ideas presented. According to the community input from the August 20 meeting, CDAC student designers have been revising the design by consolidating the two concepts into a final conceptual design.
The Community Design Assistance Center completes community design work using a participatory design process. All participants’ time will count toward Whitesburg’s inkind contribution, which is a requirement of the grant.
The project is sponsored through a grant from the Kentucky Division of Forestry’s Urban and Community Forestry Program and the U.S. Forest Service.
Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies is composed of four schools: the School of Architecture + Design, including architecture, industrial design, interior design and landscape architecture; the School of Public and International Affairs, including urban affairs and planning, public administration and policy and government and international affairs; the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, which includes building construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and construction engineering management in the College of Engineering; and the School of the Visual Arts, including programs in studio art, visual communication and art history.