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Public Input Meeting on Study by UW Students


The Downtown Waterfront Alliance and The University of Washington School of Architecture are sponsoring a summer Storefront Studio Program. This is similar to the one completed in 2013.

Last week a ten person panel of community representatives met with the students to discuss the Gig Harbor Downtown Area. They discussed the uniqueness of downtown, what retail services should be encouraged, needs for parks and public spaces and the pros and cons of residential growth.

The panel included Harris Atkins, Marlene Drucker-Puratich, Brett Marlo-DeSantis, Paul Kadzick, Melissa Moller, Wade Perrow, John Ross, Lindsay Sehmel, Dick Vanberg and Nick Tarabochia. The four graduate students (Erica Cartwright, Arian Van Der Aar, Daniel Harrringan, and Stacy Cannon) are led by Professor Jim Nichols.

The panel expressed different opinions but all felt we wanted an “authentic” community that was a “go to” place for citizens and visitors. Most would like to see us recover some of the retail services we’ve lost over the past decade. Most said effective commuter alternatives would help relieve downtown congestion and that wider sidewalks are needed.

The study will focus on the downtown block bordered by Harborview, Pioneer, Judson and Soundview. The students will present “best practice” ideas for the area. A drone photographic survey of the site was completed.

Public input meetings will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 at Arabella’s Net Shed on July 12th and August 2nd. The public is invited to view the student’s ideas and to give their opinions and suggestions. The final report will be given on August 16th.

For more information please contact:

Mary DesMarais: Gig Harbor Downtown Alliance|253-514-0071|