A meeting to gather public input on developing University Avenue from downtown Grand Forks to UND is set for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Salvation Army building, 1600 University Ave.
Anyone interested in how this traffic artery can or should be developed is invited to discuss ideas and learn more about the University Corridor Master Plan, said Jonathan Holth, community and client development manager with JLG Architects, Grand Forks.
Results of a recent online survey about potential developments on University Avenue, from North Third Street to Columbia Road, will be discussed.
The event, sponsored by JLG Architects and the Knight Foundation, is the first public session for this purpose and will be conducted as an open house, Holth said.
Information on a recent study, the University Avenue Corridor Study, will be provided in different areas in the facility’s community room, so “we can engage the public and gather more feedback," Holth said.
The goal of the study -- funded and administered by the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Region, in partnership with the Knight Foundation -- is to strengthen the physical connection between UND and downtown Grand Forks, Holth said.
The study is looking at transportation strategies, real estate development and zoning, and streetscape improvements. It also will consider how University Avenue could be enhanced for use by pedestrians and bicyclists.
The online survey, created by JLG and Praxis Strategy Group and distributed earlier this summer, attempted to gather residents’ thoughts, concerns and wishes regarding the corridor’s strengths and opportunities.
“They range from transportation improvements to beautification efforts to smoother roads,” Holth said.
The survey also attempted to gauge whether there is “a desire for coffee shops, restaurants, things of that nature” along the avenue, he said.
“We are early in the process,” Holth said, noting that another public meeting will be held in September to gain more feedback, especially from UND students.
The impact of a mill and overlay project on University Avenue, planned for 2020, will be taken into consideration as JLG moves forward with the study, which should be completed in early winter, according to Holth.