|Alexander S. McElroy, Director of Development Services
Cape Girardeau City Council
A resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with ARCTURIS, INC., for planning and consulting services for the Downtown Strategic Plan Update.
In the fall of 2006, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt designated the City of Cape Girardeau as a DREAM Community. Governor Blunt created the DREAM (Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri) Initiative to help Missouri communities strengthen their downtowns. The task of the DREAM Initiative was to identify the opportunities and constraints in Cape Girardeau’s downtown, and to develop a plan for its sustainability. The process was a collaborative effort between the City of Cape Girardeau; Old Town Cape, Inc.; the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce; the Missouri Arts Council; the Missouri Department of Economic Development; the Missouri Development Finance Board; and the Missouri Housing Development Commission. The consulting firm PGAV (Peckham, Guyton, Albers & Viets, Inc.) was hired to facilitate the process and to prepare the plan.
Similar to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, the 2009 Downtown Strategic Plan contains an assessment of existing conditions, established goals and objectives, and recommendations for implementation. It was also developed with substantial input from the public.
Since being designated a DREAM Community, Cape Girardeau has received over $2.5 million in grants. Grant funds have supported downtown programs ranging from building renovations and street improvements to community events.
The goal of this Downtown Strategic Plan Update is to continue the momentum and build off the previous successes of the City’s 2009 Downtown Strategic Plan.
On May 20, 2016 City staff issued a Request for Qualifications and solicited 10 planning firms directly. The City received 4 proposals from interested consulting firms. The Downtown Development Team, which is comprised of the Old Town Cape Executive Director, Marla Mills; Cape Area Chamber President, John Mehner; SEMO Historic Preservation Program Coordinator, Steve Hoffman; and Development Services Director, Alex McElroy, reviewed the proposals and is recommending ARCTURIS as the preferred consultant for this project.
The project will be an estimated 6 month time for the actual plan production with plan adoption in February 2017.
The City has committed up to $50,000 of revenue in the City's Riverfront Development Fund to underwrite the strategic planning process. Complementing this funding is an additional $16,800 which was received through the National Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Grant Program to be used to fund a residential housing study in the downtown area.
Staff recommends the Council approve a resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with ARCTURIS, INC., for planning and consulting services for the Downtown Strategic Plan Update.
City of Cape Girardeau - organizer and lead entity for the planning process.
Old Town Cape - major participant in the team who will work closely with the City and the urban planner/consultant.
Downtown Community Improvement District - stakeholder and minor participant in the planning process
Missouri Realtors - collaborator and stakeholder in the planning process.
Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce - major participant in the team who will work closely with the City and the urban planner/consultant.
Southeast Missouri State University - significant stakeholder and collaborator in the planning process.