For further information contact: Courtney Casady, (253) 983-7839
On July 18th, 2016, The Lakewood City Council unaminously approved "Alternative 2" as the design for the future Motor Avenue Project.
The Motor Avenue SW right-of-way was established with the recordation of the Lakewood Subdivision No. 1 plat in 1910. Motor Avenue SW was established with a right-of-way width of 125 feet, seventy five feet of which was specifically dedicated for use by a trolley company. Twenty-five feet on either side of the 75 feet was dedicated for public use.
The trolley car system in the greater Tacoma-Lakewood area operated from 1890 to 1930. When the trolley car system was abandoned, Motor Avenue SW became used entirely for motor vehicles. Parts of the right-of-way were later vacated by Pierce County well before Lakewood’s incorporation in 1996 resulting in the current right-of-way width of 80 feet.
A City Priority
In the citizens' visioning sessions that took place at the beginning of the City's comprehensive planning process, urban design was identified as the most urgent planning issue before the City. The City's Comprehensive Plan dedicates an entire chapter (Chapter 4) to urban design and community character which includes goals and objectives pertaining to street design, public spaces, pedestrian access and walkability and bicycle amenities.
As a means of addressing the priority of urban design the City of Lakewood is embarking on an urban design project to develop a new street corridor plan for Motor Avenue SW between Whitman Avenue SW, and the intersection of Gravelly Lake Drive SW and Bridgeport Way SW. The project includes the development of a "complete street" plan incorporating urban design concepts to create a vibrant and welcoming public space within the City's central business district. The City has retained the services of Studio KPG as the lead firm on the project. Working with Studio KPG as part of the design team are the firms of BERK and Framework.
It is the City’s goal to provide vibrant, welcoming public spaces that encourages community building and accommodates persons of all ages and demographics throughout the City’s Central Business District (CBD). The overall goal of the project is to create an urban design/streetscape plan in a manner that helps achieve a vision for Project stakeholders and provides the following:
In addition to a broad review of streetscape conditions and associated plans, the City is keenly interested in several areas of emphasis that will be addressed through the Project. Those areas include:
♦ The redesign of Motor Avenue SW into a flexible gathering space on evenings and weekends, including considering the site as an alternate location for a farmer’s market;
♦ Inclusion of an existing Oak grove located on adjoining private property into the Project design;
♦ Related impacts regarding vehicle access to adjoining businesses and traffic movements should the Motor Avenue SW right-of-way be used, in whole or in part, as a public gathering space;
♦Community informational signage, including banners;
♦Trees and tree wells, including stormwater management features;
♦ Improved lighting design/light poles;
♦ Sidewalk improvements, including improvements in both aesthetics and stormwater management features; and
♦ Amenities such as benches, garbage and recycling receptacles.
Meeting Agendas, Presentations, Design Alternatives, etc.
None currently scheduled