The Fort Collins Midtown area is a vibrant, heavily populated core of our community. College Avenue, from Prospect south to Harmony, including the Foothills Mall area, and properties just west of College– including the Mason Corridor, make up Midtown.
As the City prepares for MAX Bus Rapid Transit service in 2014, it is putting in place several economic initiatives to drive private investment along the area and encourage connectivity to MAX stations and travel.
City Council on October 1, 2013 adopted the Midtown Plan, which will help establish guidelines for future redevelopment of a major economic engine in the City. The Midtown Plan is available for download.
Midtown is a vital part of the City for a variety of businesses and neighborhoods. It is a focal point for economic development, and home to the Mason Corridor and the future MAX Bus Rapid Transit system. Despite its significance, Midtown lacks a cohesive identity and design vision.
The Midtown Plan seeks to compliment current and forthcoming investment by developing a vision and associated land use tools to guide the design of future redevelopment, and identify opportunities to further enhance streetscapes and multi-modal connectivity.
Phase 1 (July - October 2012): Extensive information gathering to gain an understanding of how Midtown exists today. This included meetings with City staff, residents, property owners, and business owners.
Thank you to those who took the Midtown Urban Design Plan survey. Take a look at the results of the survey.
Phase 2 (November - January 2013): Explored preliminary design concepts for the corridor, and included an intensive, hands-on workshop that was attended by more than 70 community members. These concepts were presented and explored more thoroughly with City Council at a work session on January 8.
The Midtown Plan Community Workshop was held November 14. Read the article from the Fort Collins Coloradoan, "Designers for a day dream big in Midtown", November 15, 2012.
Missed the event? Here are some photos of citizens being planners for an evening!
Phase 3 (February - June 2013): Incorporated information and feedback from the first two phases into a draft planning document. Staff is coordinating extensive outreach throughout the month of June to obtain feedback from various stakeholders.
Plan Adoption: City Council adopted the Midtown Plan on October 1, 2013.