As part of the West Quadrant Plan, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability held two early events in December 2012 to focus on the Goose Hollow District of the Central City. Both the workshop and concept development charrette helped to identify assets, issues and opportunities as well as generate ideas for the future of the area. A Summary Report and Appendix provide a recap of the results from these two events. Some of the highlights from the community input include:
- Goose Hollow has many assets that make it a desirable place to live and work, including its central location, historic buildings, neighborhood feel, views, and trees/greenery.
- There is a desire for the district to become a more active and vibrant place. Participants noted that there is currently no clear center or retail main street within the Goose Hollow area. SW Jefferson was identified as a possible neighborhood main street.
- There is an identified need for better connections and an improved pedestrian environment that help link Goose Hollow with surrounding areas and make walking and biking in Goose Hollow more enjoyable.
- Participants had a desire for more usable open space that serves a neighborhood park function. Adding new open space, as well as repurposing existing open space such as Collin's Circle, were suggested.
- There is support for redevelopment of the Lincoln High School as an "urban school" with community amenities and potentially a mix of uses.
- Lastly, there is also a need to consider more flexibility for a broader range of uses in parts of the district (currently residential development is required in much of the area).
The ideas presented in the report will continue to be refined with stakeholders and the Goose Hollow Foothills League in the coming months and will feed into the larger West Quadrant Plan Charrette scheduled for June 2013. For more information about the Goose Hollow planning process, contact Elisa Hamblin at (503) 823-9714 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.