City hoping public 'likes' riverfront project's plan(s)

Riverfront tourists
Visitors to Hannibal paused to read the Glascocks Landing plaque Friday afternoon. Proposed plans for the riverfront will be unveiled May 11.
Posted: May. 10, 2016 3:19 pm
The long-awaited public unveiling of proposed plan(s) for the Hannibal riverfront is planned between 5 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11.
“We hope the public likes it,” said City Manager Jeff LaGarce of what will be on display. “We think it’s a nice plan, and will create a very attractive riverfront area.”
Andy Dorian, director of the Parks & Recreation Department, said he had “no prediction” to offer regarding either the public’s reaction or the number of people that will turn out for the showing.
The event, billed as an open house with no formal presentation, is planned at HOMEBANK, 3817 McMasters Ave., rather than at City Hall.
“There was no real reason (the bank is being utilized) other then we wanted to show the plans at a neutral location,” said Dorian. “For those people who are not able to attend the open house the plans will be available on the first floor of City Hall starting on Thursday for public comment and review.”
LaGarce added that it is not uncommon for the bank’s facilities to be utilized by the city.
“It’s a nice environment, and on occasion, the bank has been gracious enough to allow us to use their facilities for special meetings, presentations, hosting investors, federal delegates, etc.,” he said.
The open house will not just feature the proposal(s), but the estimated price tag, according to both LaGarce and Dorian.
Public input will be sought both during and after the open house.
“We’ll discuss the plans with people, share input and exchange ideas, but we will have comment cards to complete as well,” said LaGarce.
“Everyone will have the ability to write their comments down both at the open house and at City Hall,” said Dorian.
The Parks Department director stressed that public input will not just be accepted on the night of the open house.
“We will display the plans at City Hall for two weeks and the public will have the ability to view the plans there as well and leave their comments,” said Dorian.
The open house will be the first in a series of steps that will be occurring in the months ahead. After the open house Klingner & Associates will have the opportunity to make changes.
It is anticipated that the Park Board will make a final recommendation during its June 16 meeting. That plan would then be taken to the City Council for its approval at its July 5 meeting.
Once the plan is finalized the permitting process will begin. Dorian estimated at the April 21 Park Board meeting that “permitting will probably take anywhere from nine to 12 months.”
In March, Dorian estimated the entire riverfront project, “from shovel in the ground to last seed in the ground” would take approximately two years.
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