Wednesday, November 20, 2013

chrislogowithpic_processed.png6a01053648ae5c970b013485ba2682970c.jpgThe City of Garden Grove is drawing new perspective for its Re:Imagine Downtown visioning plan by partnering with landscape architecture master’s students from Cal Poly Pomona’s award-winning 606 Studio. The group will conduct an in-depth study of the Downtown area, interviewing stakeholders and utilizing the Re:Imagine online forum for public discussions. The online forum is designed to interactively gather ideas from the community on ways to make downtown a greater public place. Since the website’s launch in August, it has received over 17,000 views, and logged in more than 1,350 visitors.

Third-year landscape architecture master’s students and department faculty will research, analyze, and create a Mobility and Civic Center District Design Plan. It will address two primary goals: 1) increase mobility for pedestrians and cyclists; and 2) create a ‘garden’ and a ‘grove’ design palette that will both create a brand for Garden Grove as well as provide a distinct character for downtown.

“We’re thrilled to be working with such a talented group of creative young professionals who have the knowledge, experience, insight, and enthusiasm to take the Re:Imagine campaign to a whole new level,” says Garden Grove City Council member Steve Jones, who first approached the university to consider the project.
In its 35-year history, the 606 Studio has developed multiple projects covering a wide variety of topics for federal, state, and local agencies.

Their expertise in the fields of sustainability, open space planning, and urban revitalization, to name a few, has resulted in the teams receiving numerous awards for excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

606 Studio teams will commit thousands of hours of work over the course of the project, which will utilize the framework of ecological design as developed by the Cal Poly Pomona graduate program. Under the City’s contract, the cost for Studio 606’s services will not exceed $24,999, which falls well below most consultant project fees.

“This vision plan will balance the access and recreational needs of residents and visitors with the needs of business owners, to increase opportunities for business development, visibility, and economic viability,” said project lead, Dr. Lee-Anne Milburn, Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Landscape Architecture Chair.

Beginning in early 2014, the 606 Studio team will utilize the Re:Imagine online forum to generate specific topics, surveys, and questions to collect feedback needed to develop the 606 Studio Plan.

The public is encouraged to continue submitting ideas on topics such as parks, performing arts, retail, and parking and traffic, by visiting the City’s website at www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us. New topics are added regularly.

For more information, contact Erin Webb, Community Development Department, at (714) 741-5313, or Dr. Lee-Anne Milburn, ASLA, Department Chair Landscape Architecture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, at (909) 869-6814.