presentation was a look at a draft landscape master plan which is a part of the
downtown water, sewer and storm drain master plan.
Landscape architect Kevin Doniere
heads the architect department for Dowl HKM in Anchorage.
-- (Landscape 1 "The
draft landscape ...utilities are replaced.")
of the project is pedestrian circulation through downtown, making improvements
to the mall area, improvements to the pocket park and what's being called
"artist alley," the alley behind
-- (Landscape 2 "The
concept that ... that's around there.")
The master plan drawings present
a downtown Kodiak that is considerably more "pulled together."
-- (Landscape 3 "As
part of ...throughout downtown.")
At the city council work session
Doniere was asked if any parking places would be lost to the proposed
design. He said that in certain areas, such as the mall, more parking spaces
have been added; from 84 up to 94. There are also some areas where parking
spaces have been trimmed back.
Doniere thinks that by strategically adding and subtracting parking
places some of the heavier use areas could be better accommodated.
concern, which was expressed by Councilman Tom Walters, was the pocket park.
He explained that the small downtown park has a bad reputation as a hiding
place for unwelcome activity. Doniere said that a good design could
make the park safer.
-- (Landscape 4 "I think the ... to
Dowl HKM will now incorporate
the council's comments into their design. They'll also take a close look at all
zoning issues and regulations before finalizing the landscape master plan. Once
the plan is finished, the City of Kodiak
will post it to it's website.