At the request of Beautiful Downtown Lewiston (BDL), the City of Lewiston allocated $50,000 in the City’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget for development of a Downtown Master Plan.
Though BDL is administering the project, this plan will be used by the entire community in planning public and private investment in the area. A comprehensive master plan must be built on feedback from a wide range of residents, property owners and business owners to understand what our community wants and will support in downtown Lewiston.
BDL is committed to managing development of the Downtown Master Plan in a transparent, inclusive manner that engages all community members, downtown residents, public agency staff, and downtown property and business owners. This approach is reflective of BDL’s position as a non-profit subject to public access laws and dependent on the public’s trust and goodwill.
Downtown Master Plan News
Downtown Lewiston Could Thrive
Downtown Lewiston has the potential to thrive
BDL Publishes guest column in January 23, 2019, Lewiston Tribune
We caught some flak when last Monday’s Lewiston Downtown Master Plan presentation included an image of a glass elevator between Pioneer Park and the F Street public parking lot.
To be clear: We’re not proposing the construction of a glass elevator.
The image was included in a discussion about the lack of an accessible connection for people walking between Main Street and Normal Hill. The 90-foot vertical bluff is enough of a barrier that, as one of the 142 community members who participated in last week’s presentations put it, “Once you leave the hospital and get in your car, you may as well go anywhere else in town.”
Downtown businesses lose customers when it’s easier for people to leave the area entirely than walk four blocks from Normal Hill to Main Street.
Coasters Designed to Gather Information About Downtown Lewiston in Restaurants Beginning Today
Citizen Engagement Coasters Designed to Gather Feedback About Downtown Lewiston
Fourteen Different Designs Ask Fourteen Different Questions
Coasters asking community members for their opinion about downtown Lewiston are being distributed to restaurants in the Lewis Clark Valley.
Designed by Kroese Illustrations, of Moscow, the coasters feature fourteen different whimsical designs intended to engage restaurant patrons in a lighthearted discussion about downtown Lewiston.
On the reverse, each coaster features one of fourteen different questions about downtown Lewiston’s business mix, transportation pattern, and potential for residential and commercial development. The anonymous responses will be used by the consulting team to develop the Lewiston Downtown Master Plan.
Artist-lead Citizen Asset Mapping 12/1, 12/8 and 12/15
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AT BUNDLE UP DOWNTOWN ON 12/1, 12/8, AND 12/15
Citizens invited to identify places, people and traditions that are unique to downtown Lewiston
Community members are invited to Beautiful Downtown Lewiston’s Bundle Up Downtown, a series of free community events on December 1st, 8th, and 15th that include free antique fire truck rides, movies at the Roxy Theater, children’s dance performances and free hot cocoa. Tickets for the fire truck rides and movies are available at Bundle Up Headquarters at 621 Main Street between 10:30 am and 4:30 pm.
While in Bundle Up Headquarters, community members can participate in interactive art activities to identify the people, places, and traditions that make downtown Lewiston unique. READ MORE
Update to City Council on 12/3/2018
PROGRESS REPORT UPDATE TO LEWISTON CITY COUNCIL ON DECEMBER 3, 2018
BDL Staff will present on project progress at City Council Work Session; the project is on time and on budget
BDL Staff will present a project update to the City of Lewiston on Monday, December 3, 2018, at 3 pm in the City Hall Meeting Room, 1134 F Street in Lewiston. Click HERE to read the project progress report that BDL provided to the City Council. In short: the project is on time and on budget. Thanks to partnerships with our stakeholders, we have brought in $1.34 in resources for every $1 the City provided for the project.
SEEKING ARTISTS TO HELP THE COMMUNITY ENVISION THE FUTURE OF DOWNTOWN LEWISTON
Up to five artists will be selected for an exhibit at the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History in February andMarch 2019
The first call for art has been issued to hire artists to lead citizen engagement in the Lewiston Downtown Master Plan. Artist proposals are due November 30, 2018.
The call seeks art centered around themes of downtown Lewiston’s future sense of community, vitality, and built environment. Artists will receive a stipend of up to $5,000 for their work, which will be displayed at the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History from February 1 to March 23, 2019.
Selected artists will create art that challenges community members to re-think downtown Lewiston through the artist’s eyes. Community members who view the exhibit will be asked to provide feedback via a survey, which will inform the development of the Master Plan for Downtown Lewiston.
RFP and Scope of Work Issued for Lewiston Downtown Master Plan
Steering Committee seeks multi-disciplinary team to develop Lewiston Downtown Master Plan
Beautiful Downtown Lewiston Revitalization Corporation (BDL) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from a consultant or consulting team to develop the Lewiston Downtown Master Plan. The RFP explains the selected consultant’s Scope of Work, the project budget and the draft timeline. Consultant proposals are due to BDL by August 1, 2018.
Qualified consultants will be experienced in land use planning, economic development including historic commercial district revitalization, public arts engagement and undertaking planning efforts in a collaborative manner that involves a diverse spectrum of stakeholders. The consultants’ work will exhibit a rigorous attention to detail as well as the ability to create a vision and implementation plan to strengthen and expand downtown Lewiston’s role as the economic and cultural heart of the Lewis Clark Valley.
This project will develop a step by step guide to be used by the community to accelerate downtown Lewiston’s transformation as vibrant, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use commercial district.
BDL Recommended for National Endowment for the Arts Grant
BDL RECOMMENDED FOR $25,000 NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS GRANT
Arts-based Community Development Investment for Lewiston
BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN LEWISTON ONE OF 60 NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS OUR TOWN PROJECTS SELECTED NATIONWIDE
Lewiston, Idaho— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 60 awards totaling $4.1 million supporting projects across the nation through the NEA’s Our Town program. Beautiful Downtown Lewiston (BDL) is one of the recommended organizations for a grant of $25,000 to support development of a cultural district plan as a chapter of a downtown master plan.
“The variety and quality of these Our Town projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Beautiful Downtown Lewiston, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”
“We’re absolutely thrilled,” said Courtney Kramer, BDL Executive Director. “This is a highly competitive national grant, with funding awards going to less than a third of the applicants. It’s a testament to the collaboration between arts and cultural organizations in our community, many of whom provided letters of support for the application.”
The NEA funding will be used to work with artists to lead citizen engagement for creative placemaking as part of the Lewiston Downtown Master Plan that BDL is spearheading. The City of Lewiston provided $50,000 in funding for the master plan and delegated management of the project to BDL, which continues to pursue grant funding to add to the project.